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ACI reaffirmed support of the implementation of the CORSIA as the GMBM for international aviation

Montréal, 30 September 2016 – Resolution 1 was approved Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at the 26th Meeting of the Airport Council International (ACI) World General Assembly expressing ACI’s support of the implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as the single Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for international aviation. The Resolution also urges the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to vote in favor of the implementation of CORSIA as the GMBM for international aviation in the coming days at its 39th Assembly.

Resolution 1 follows the approval of ACI’s Resolution 7, agreed at the 25th Meeting of the ACI World General Assembly that expressed support for ICAO’s work on environmental protection, including State Action Plans, the aircraft CO2 emission standard, the development of sustainable alternative jet fuels and a GMBM. Resolution 7 also supports the Aviation Transport Action Group’s (ATAG) joint industry position on aviation and climate change, including its goals to become carbon neutral by 2020 and reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by ACI World and ACI EUROPE with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to promote UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now project and to encourage airports to reach carbon neutrality via the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The newly release Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT) 4.0, designed to calculate emissions in accordance with all levels of accreditation taking also into consideration the offsets of Level 3+. In addition, ACERT 4.0 provides initial data to be transferred for the Airport Carbon Accreditation Online Application.

“The approval of ACI’s Resolution to address climate change by reaffirming ACI’s support for a single GMBM for international aviation is exemplary of our global partnership approach,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “The airport sector’s determined environmental stewardship, demonstrated by the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme, already reaching a third of the global passenger population, with 170 certified airports, including 26 achieving carbon neutrality, has been recognised by ICAO and by the UNFCCC. We are proud to be part of the solution to this global problem.”

Notes for editors
1. Airports Council International, the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. To learn more about ACI, click here.

2. The goals of ACI’s environmental initiatives are to promote aviation and airport sustainable developments, limiting or reducing environmental impacts while supporting economic and social benefits – the key to community permission to operate and grow at both global and local levels.  To learn more about ACI’s environment initiatives, click here.

3. Airport Carbon Accreditation provides a unique common framework and tool for active carbon management at airports with measurable results. It covers the operational activities that contribute most to carbon emissions. It is site specific and can be used at any airport as part of its daily environmental management activity and long term strategy as it helps to guide and support airport environmental management through a process of continual improvement and partnership with its airport stakeholders. To learn more about Airport Carbon Accreditation, click here.

4. ATAG represents the entire aviation sector: airlines, airports, air traffic management organizations and the makers of aircraft and engines. It coordinates common industry positions on the sustainable future of air transport. To learn more about ATAG, click here.

5. The industry’s Open Letter on climate action, signed by leading CEOs and Directors General is available here.

6. The current draft CORSIA proposal is available here.

7. To download Resolution 1, click here.

8. For a PDF of this press release, click here.

Media contact
Sabrina Guerrieri
Manager, Communications
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1223
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