IATA is encouraging states in the Asia Pacific region to adopt a single global carbon offset mechanism to address carbon emissions from international aviation, when they gather in Montreal for the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in September.
The airline industry is committed to sustainability. In 2009, the industry committed:
- To improve fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% annually to 2020
- To cap net emissions with carbon neutral growth from 2020, and
- To cut net emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050
Improvements to technology, operations and infrastructure and the deployment of sustainable biofuels are delivering results against the industry’s climate change commitments. However, to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020, a mandatory global carbon offset scheme is needed.
In a resolution that was overwhelmingly passed at the recent IATA Annual General Meeting, airlines are urging governments, including those in Asia-Pacific, to adopt a global carbon offset mechanism. Governments are considering a proposal for a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).The resolution also calls on governments to:
- Consider 11 recommended design elements for the mechanism that would ensure environmental integrity and simplify implementation while avoiding market distortions
- Ensure that existing economic measures (including taxes) on a national and regional basis to manage the industry’s climate change impact become redundant and that no new measures are introduced