Press Releases

  • Encouraging consensus building at ICAO climate talks, industry urges states to show more ambition

  • 05 September 2016: Geneva, 5 September 2016 – The aviation industry today welcomed announcements by the United States, China and 44 European States that they would voluntarily join a global carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation (CORSIA) currently being negotiated at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The discussions centre on the major design elements of the scheme and follow three years of talks which are due to conclude at the 39th ICAO Assembly from 27 September to 7 October this year.

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  • Supporting jobs, economic growth and sustainable development through aviation

  • 20 July 2016: New York, 19 July 2016 – Aviation is vital to the modern, globalised world, supporting millions of jobs and driving economic growth. But the benefits of connectivity must be protected with appropriate support from governments if the air transport sector is to fulfil its potential as a connector of people, trade and tourism and a driver of sustainable development. These are the conclusions drawn in a new report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, launched today by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) at the United Nations High Level Political Forum’s Sustainable Development Goal Business Day in New York.

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  • Transport ministers urged to support global offsetting mechanism for aviation

  • 19 May 2016: Leipzig, 18 May 2016 – Fifty ministers of transport from countries around the world are gathering in Leipzig for the International Transport Forum Summit, the theme of which is ‘green and inclusive transport’. At the ministerial opening session today, Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association delivered a message on behalf of the global aviation industry:

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  • Aviation industry prepared to start global offsetting measure in 2020

  • 13 May 2016: Montreal, 13 May 2016 – Industry observers to this week’s High Level Meeting on a Global Market-Based Measure Scheme for international aviation were encouraged by the progress achieved in the talks, held at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal.

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  • Government negotiators receive encouragement from aviation industry leaders

  • 10 May 2016: Montreal, 10 May 2016 – A High Level Meeting being convened by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 11 May received executive-level support from the aviation industry today, as leaders representing all parts of the sector encouraged governments to progress their deliberations on a global carbon offsetting scheme for air transport.

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  • Governments urged to settle on key aviation climate package

  • 19 March 2016: Geneva, 20 March 2016 – Today, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) launched a series of regional outreach and education sessions as negotiations continue towards the adoption of a global climate agreement for air transport. The regional events, under the title global aviation dialogues (GLADs), are a key part of the agency’s work in the lead up to the ICAO Assembly in September.

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  • Global agreement on CO2 Standard for aircraft “a significant step”

  • 08 February 2016: GENEVA, 8 February 2016 – Governments, industry and environmental groups meeting at the United Nations specialised agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), have today finalised the design of the first global certification standard for CO2 emissions from new aircraft. The agreement on a rigorous and challenging ICAO “CO2 Standard”, is the result of six years’ work by a task force of experts from governments and observers and will apply to all new aircraft designs from 2020.

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  • Aviation CO2 emissions to be dealt with next year at ICAO

  • 12 December 2015: Paris, 12 December 2015 – At the conclusion of the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris, the aviation sector, represented by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) made the following statement:

    “The Paris Agreement provides an ambitious and far-reaching response by governments to dealing with climate change. This is a significant step forward for the world and will provide positive momentum for aviation market-based measure discussions taking place in the lead up to the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in September 2016.

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  • Air transport industry showcases climate action at COP21

  • 03 December 2015: Paris, 3 December 2015 – Transport was one of the main themes of the United Nations climate talks today in Paris, with delegates taking time from the negotiations to discuss the role transport can play in cutting CO2 emissions. Whilst the air transport industry has a separate forum where its emissions reduction plan is addressed – under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – the COP21 climate talks provide a good opportunity to remind delegates from all over the world about the commitments of the global aviation industry.

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  • Powerful call for government partnership to deliver aviation industry’s climate goals

  • 30 September 2015: GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – A group of 28 aviation industry chief executive officers and association leaders has today sent an open letter to governments committing to climate action and calling for a joint approach to help deliver maximum CO2 emissions reductions in the aviation sector. In particular, the industry group urged action to approve a meaningful market-based measure for aviation emissions, expected to be agreed by governments at a meeting of the United Nations specialised aviation agency in one year’s time.

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