Climate Action

EU teams up with alliance of developed and developing countries in final push for first-ever global deal to curb international aviation emissions

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In a joint statement published today, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc call on international partners to join them in securing the first ever global scheme to curb CO₂ emissions from international aviation.

The statement is supported by the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Mexico as participants in the High Ambition Coalition − the alliance of developed and developing countries that helped broker the Paris Agreement. In it, the Commissioners stress the importance of ensuring that the aviation sector contributes to achieving the global emission goals agreed in Paris.

They write: "It is crucial that we once again work together as a High Ambition Coalition to secure an ambitious and robust Global Market-Based Measure, with broad participation and the widest possible emission coverage, to make the objective of stabilising CO₂ emissions from international aviation from 2020 a reality (…). Together, we must ensure, through our own action and encouraging the action of others, that the Assembly achieves the highest possible participation."  Consistent with what was agreed in Paris, Commissioners also call for "a robust review mechanism to be able to adapt the GMBM’s ambition and effectiveness over time" and to "endorse the aviation industry's long term objective of reducing the sector's CO2 emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2050".

The Assembly of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will meet in Montreal from 27 September to 7 October and, after years of work, is set to adopt a Global Market-Based Mechanism (GMBM).