Leading commercial manufacturer of aircraft, Airbus has welcomed the first ever scheme for international aviation that aims to reduce carbon offsetting.
Seen as a key pillar in the longstanding climate action plan for the aviation industry, the agreement was reached at the recent International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent assembly meeting in Montreal, Canada.
The global agreement – a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – has significant historic importance and is recognized as the most effective solution for the whole industrial sector to manage its carbon footprint.
According to the director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, the new agreement will ensure that the social and economic contributions made by the aviation industry will be matched with “cutting-edge efforts” in terms of sustainability. He said that aviation would remain at the forefront of the industries committed to combating climate change, and would continue to be a “catalytic driver of social development and economic prosperity.” Ultimately, it would ensure that the world was a better place, he said.
How CORSIA Will Work
The terms of the new agreement are set to start rolling in 2021 with a voluntary period that will continue until 2026. Thereafter the agreement will become mandatory. So far at least 65 of !CAO’s 191 members have agreed to participate in the initial voluntary phase of CORSIA.
At the same time, it is widely recognized that CORSIA on its own won’t lead to a sustainable future for the aviation industry. As Airbus points out, it will need to run alongside significant technology improvements including sustainable fuels, as well as efficient operations and infrastructure improvements across the board.
However, in addition to the new long-term global market agreement to reduce carbon offset for the aviation industry, the industry as a whole is committed to continuing with an already-in-place four-pillar strategy against climate change by:
- Improving technology including using low-carbon fuels that are sustainable
- Ensuring that aircraft operations are more efficient
- Working towards improving infrastructure including modernization of air traffic management systems
- Mobilizing a single global market measure that will fill the remaining emissions gap
Airbus Commitment to International Efforts to Reduce the Carbon Footprint
Airbus has confirmed its commitment to the original four-pillar strategy as well as the new agreement and continues to deliver the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world today.
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