ACI reaffirmed support of the implementation of the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation as the Global Market Based Measure for international aviation

Environmental Economic measures

Montreal - Resolution 1 was approved Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at the 26th Meeting of the Airport Council International (ACI) World General Assembly expressing ACI’s support of the implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as the single Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) for international aviation. The Resolution also urges the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to vote in favor of the implementation of CORSIA as the GMBM for international aviation in the coming days at its 39th Assembly.

Resolution 1 follows the approval of ACI’s Resolution 7, agreed at the 25th Meeting of the ACI World General Assembly that expressed support for ICAO’s work on environmental protection, including State Action Plans, the aircraft CO2 emission standard, the development of sustainable alternative jet fuels and a GMBM. Resolution 7 also supports the Aviation Transport Action Group’s (ATAG) joint industry position on aviation and climate change, including its goals to become carbon neutral by 2020 and reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by ACI World and ACI EUROPE with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to promote UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now project and to encourage airports to reach carbon neutrality via the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme.

The newly release Airport Carbon and Emissions Reporting Tool (ACERT) 4.0, designed to calculate emissions in accordance with all levels of accreditation taking also into consideration the offsets of Level 3+. In addition, ACERT 4.0 provides initial data to be transferred for the Airport Carbon Accreditation Online Application.

“The approval of ACI’s Resolution to address climate change by reaffirming ACI’s support for a single GMBM for international aviation is exemplary of our global partnership approach,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “The airport sector’s determined environmental stewardship, demonstrated by the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme, already reaching a third of the global passenger population, with 170 certified airports, including 26 achieving carbon neutrality, has been recognised by ICAO and by the UNFCCC. We are proud to be part of the solution to this global problem."