Experts take stock of historic environmental achievements at ICAO Assembly

Videoconference, 12 October 2022 — The 13th ECAC monthly familiarisation webinar on basic knowledge on aviation and the environment took stock of the key environmental achievements at the 41st ICAO Assembly, and what will happen next as a result of the agreements reached. The ECAC Secretariat highlighted States’ overwhelming support for the ICAO collective long-term global aspirational goal (LTAG) for international aviation of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and its relevance towards boosting assistance and cooperation programmes in the coming years.

Blandine Ferrier from the ICAO EUR/NAT regional office presented ICAO’s current focus on sustainable aviation fuels, the ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (ACT-SAF) programme endorsed by the Assembly, and ICAO’s main priorities for 2023, including the organisation of the third ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3), tentatively scheduled to be held in July 2023.

Maximilian Held, aviation lead at the Energy Transitions Commission, presented the recently issued Mission Possible Partnership’s Aviation Transition Strategy. This strategy includes estimations of the financing and industrial efforts that will be needed to achieve international aviation net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.