Associations welcome emissions standard

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FUEL / EUROPE | 14/03/2017

The recent adoption of the aviation’s industry first global aircraft certification emissions standard by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has been welcomed by various associations, including the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

The standard applies to all new large aircraft type designs starting in 2020 and to all in-production aircraft types, including business and large aircraft, in 2023. Those in-production aircraft which do not comply by 2028 will no longer be able to be produced without sufficient modifications to the design. Certain small aircraft, including small turbine-powered airplanes with a maximum takeoff mass under 12,500 pounds, and piston-engine airplanes and turboprops below 19,000 pounds, are exempted from this standard.

Now that the standard has been adopted by ICAO, each of the association’s 119 member states, including the US, must independently accept the standard or file a difference with the association.

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“A single emissions standard will streamline international regulations and simplify aircraft certification requirements,” commented NBAA COO Steve Brown. “The ICAO Council’s adoption of this standard sets a universal standard for reasonable and effective emissions controls to further reduce aviation’s already small footprint.”

“ICAO’s final approval of aviation’s first CO2 emission standard for airplanes is a milestone that enshrines aviation manufacturers’ commitment to mitigate our industry’s impact on climate change,” added GAMA President & CEO Pete Bunce.

Along with alternative fuels, the CO2 standard forms part of the technology pillar of climate action by the global aviation industry. The other pillars are infrastructure improvements (air traffic control modernization), operational efficiencies, and market-based measures.

According to NBAA, globally, the aviation industry contributes less than 2% of total global carbon emissions, with business aviation responsible for just 2% of that total. The US. aviation industry has improved its fuel efficiency by more than 120% since 1978.

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