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Historic Agreement on Carbon Neutral Growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution on “Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy." The resolution provides governments with a set of principles on how governments could:

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

“Airlines are committed to working with governments to build a solid platform for the future sustainable development of aviation. Today, they have come together to recommend to governments the adoption of a single MBM for aviation and provide suggestions on how it might be applied to individual carriers. Now the ball is in the court of governments. We will be strongly supporting their leadership as they seek a global agreement through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) at its Assembly later this year,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

A summary of the principles of the resolution includes the following:

  • Setting the industry and individual carrier baselines using the average annual total emissions over the period 2018–2020;
  • Agreeing to provisions/adjustments for: Recognizing early movers, benchmarked for 2005–2020 with a sunset by 2025; Accommodating new market entrants for their initial years of operation; Fast growing carriers
  • Adopting an equitable balance for determining individual carrier responsibilities that includes consideration of: An ‘emissions share’ element (reflecting the carrier’s share of total industry emissions) and A post-2020 ‘growth’ element (reflecting the carrier’s growth above baseline emissions)
  • Reporting and verification of carbon emissions that is: Based on a global standard to be developed by ICAO; Simple and scalable based on the size and complexity of the operator
  • Instituting a periodic CNG2020 performance review cycle that revises individual elements and parameters as appropriate