Skip to main content

Test Home
You & IATA


You are here: Home » Policy » ICAO Assembly » ICAO: Climate Change
  • Print this page
  • Share this page

Climate Change Working Paper at the 38th Assembly

The Issue

The aviation industry recognizes the growing need to address the global challenge of climate change and is committed to playing its part. The industry is confident that technology, operations and infrastructure measures will provide the long-term solution for aviation’s sustainable growth through concerted industry and government investment and engagement. However, the industry recognizes that a market-based measure (MBM) may be needed to fill any remaining emission gap in the interim.

What the industry wanted at the 38th Assembly

The industry represented by theAirports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA),  is presenting a Working Paper to the 38th Assembly in September. With this paper, the industry hopes to achieve recognition from the ICAO Member States on three key points:

  • The importance of the four-pillar strategy to address aviation’s CO2 emissions 
  • Support for the collective medium-term goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020 (CNG2020)
  • A decision to develop a single global MBM for aviation for adoption at ICAO’s next Assembly in 2016.

The working paper provides governments with a set of principles on how they could: 

  • Establish procedures for a single global market-based measure (MBM) 
  • Integrate a single global MBM as part of an overall package of measures to achieve CNG2020

The Outcomes of the 38th Assembly

After much debate and several rounds of votes in the Assembly's Executive Commitee, the Assembly decided to develop a market based measure for international aviation. It also requested the ICAO Council to finalize the work on the technical aspects, environmental and economic impacts and modalities of the possible options for a global MBM scheme. The results of the work of the Council will be reported to the next Assembly in 2016 for decision.

IATA's media release: Landmark Agreement on Climate Change at ICAO



Additional information

© International Air Transport Association (IATA) 2016. All rights reserved.