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ACI World calls on States to adopt a far-reaching environment agreement at ICAO’s 41st Assembly

Montreal, 23 September 2022 – On the eve of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 41st Triennial Assembly, Airports Council International (ACI), representing nearly 2,000 of the world’s airports, calls on States to adopt an ambitious environmental agreement.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “The adoption of an ambitious environmental agreement at the ICAO 41st Triennial Assembly fully aligned with the Paris Agreement and the aviation industry’s own commitments would demonstrate the leadership and commitment of ICAO and governments in taking bold measures to combat climate change.”

The entire aviation industry had agreed in October 2021, through the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), to a common goal of Net Zero CO2 emissions by 2050. This goal is ambitious and achievable, but requires strong support from governments, with a clear regulatory framework to support the changes, including investment in the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

ACI calls on all ICAO member States to:

  • Continue to support the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), as the single global market-based mechanism for international aviation emissions; and,
  • Agree a collective long-term aspirational goal (LTAG) of Net Zero by 2050, and the associated measures; both in accordance with the revisions to the Assembly Resolutions presented by the ICAO Council to the Assembly for adoption.

ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira added: “It is essential that the aviation industry and ICAO States work together to support the objectives of the Paris Agreement and build a sustainable framework for the long-term development of the aviation industry. ICAO has shown such leadership in the past, and it needs to demonstrate similar leadership for our collective future. ACI will work with all participants at the 41st Assembly to achieve an ambitious outcome – the time is now.”

About ACI

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America-Caribbean and ACI North America. 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. As of January 2022, ACI serves 717 members, operating 1950 airports in 185 countries.

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