Following the conclusion, on Friday 5 October, of the ICAO 38th Assembly meeting in Montreal, Canada, the Director General of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Mr. Andrew Herdman, welcomed the decision reached by governments to proceed with the development of a global market based measure addressing emissions from international aviation.
Mr. Herdman said, “The aviation sector has committed to ambitious environmental targets, and is successfully pursuing a four pillar strategy of technology, operations and infrastructure improvements, which will nevertheless need to be supplemented by market based measures. This landmark agreement reached by representatives of 191 governments meeting at ICAO is an important milestone in developing a global market based measure. It clearly demonstrates the benefits of international cooperation and a partnership effort involving industry pointing the way forward to a truly sustainable future for international aviation.”
AAPA has been actively involved in developing the industry strategy on environmental sustainability, and Mr. Herdman was a member of the aviation cross-industry delegation at the ICAO Assembly.
Mr. Herdman added, "Looking ahead, the challenge will be in ensuring that the collective industry commitment to carbon neutral growth from 2020 is implemented in a way that is fair and equitable, avoiding competitive market distortion, whilst reconciling the differing interests and perspectives of developed and developing nations. There were some tense moments and tough negotiations during the ICAO Assembly, but the important point is that for the first time all the major players were fully engaged in trying to map out a constructive way forward based on reaching a genuine consensus amidst divergent views. As industry, we will be offering our strong support to the programme of work needed to develop detailed proposals on the design and implementation of the global scheme, for approval at the next ICAO Assembly in 2016."
Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
The AAPA is the trade association for scheduled international airlines based in the Asia-Pacific region. The AAPA permanent secretariat is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with international representation in Brussels and Washington, D.C. Collectively, the region’s airlines carry 705 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo, representing one-quarter of global passenger traffic and two-fifths of global air cargo traffic respectively, and thus play a critically important role in the ongoing development of global aviation.
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