Exploring global aviation emissions reduction objectives

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Ministers and officials from 119 countries convened at ICAO headquarters for an important four-day round of high-level discussions and briefings toward a new collective global long-term reduction goal for international aviation CO2 emissions.
The new international emissions reduction goal is expected to be formally established at the 41st ICAO Assembly to be held this September and States had asked the ICAO Council to work in advance of that event to help them explore the feasibility of various emissions reduction options.
The result of that work is an important new report from the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection, on the feasibility of a global long-term aspirational goal (LTAG) for international civil aviation CO2 emission reductions, outlining three integrated aviation in-sector scenarios
“This high-level meeting can demonstrate our collective determination to build a sustainable future for international aviation,” said ICAO council president Salvatore Sciacchitano.
As part of the extensive lead-up to the high-level environmental engagements in Montreal, ICAO has been pursuing environmental outreach and capacity building with States through a series of Global Aviation Dialogues over 2021 and 2022.
The UN agency has also been hosting an annual series of environmental innovation stocktaking events, featuring presentations on latest environmental technologies and research efforts so that countries can better consider how proposed solutions can support the long-term decarbonisation of international air transport.
President Sciacchitano added: “The international aviation sector needs to seize this opportunity for responsible action now, and an ambitious global long-term aspirational goal will empower ICAO and its Member States together with air transport stakeholders to be part of the global solution in addressing climate change.”