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2016 IATA Resolution Carbon Emmissions  
72nd IATA Annual General Meeting

Resolutions on the development of a global market-based measure for international aviation

Resolution 1. Endorses the continuing efforts of its member airlines and other industry stakeholders to develop and implement efficiency and emissions reduction measures to address CO2 emissions from aviation as part of broader ambitions within the global community to address climate change and to safeguard sustainable development.

Resolution 2. Urges governments to adopt at the 39th ICAO Assembly a mandatory and global carbon offset mechanism to address CO2 emissions from international aviation in a cost-effective manner, which can be implemented from 2020 and which is consistent with the recommended design elements as set out in Appendix I to this Resolution.

Resolution 3. Calls upon governments to work constructively with industry to support the continued growth of a safe, orderly and efficient global air transport system through the consistent and coordinated implementation of the uniform global mechanism, which should obviate the need for existing and new economic measures to be applied to emissions from international aviation on a regional or national basis. 

  • Whereas at the 69th IATA AGM in 2013, IATA member airlines adopted a Resolution which strongly endorsed “the continuing efforts of its member airlines and States within ICAO to develop a comprehensive proposal towards a single, global market-based mechanism (GMBM) to address CO2 emissions from aviation under ICAO”;
  • Whereas that Resolution outlined a series of principles to be taken into consideration in determining responsibilities for individual aircraft operators;
  • Recalling that ICAO Assembly Resolution A38 - 18 decided to develop a GMBM scheme for international aviation for decision by the 39th Session of the Assembly in 2016;
  • Emphasising that there needs to be a strong commitment from all stakeholders, including governments and non-governmental organisations, working together on all elements of the global aviation community’s four pillar strategy to address CO2 emissions from international aviation, through technology improvements, including sustainable alternative fuels, operational improvements, infrastructure measures and a GMBM to fill any remaining emissions gap;
  • Recognising that ICAO must continue to play a leading role in these efforts; and
  • Emphasising further that a global MBM for aviation should only be considered as part of a broader basket of measures to address aviation’s CO2 emissions, including advances in airframe and engine technologies, sustainable alternative fuels, operational improvements and infrastructure measures that cannot be achieved by cost-effective in-sector reduction measures; that it should not be designed or used to raise general revenues or to suppress demand for air travel; that it must ensure environmental integrity and maximise geographical coverage, while minimising competitive distortion and administrative complexity.  
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