US Airlines applaud emissions plans

The Air Transport Association of America has issued a statement applauding the International Civil Aviation Organization’s
adoption of a comprehensive plan for further addressing greenhouse gas
emissions from international aviation.“ICAO’s action further affirms its leadership on environmental issues
involving international aviation,” said ATA President and CEO James C.
May. “ICAO’s comprehensive plan will facilitate critical advances in air
traffic management, operations, alternative fuels, research and
development and other measures designed to reduce fuel burn and
greenhouse gas emissions, thereby bringing further improvements on a
global basis.”

May noted that ICAO’s actions add benefits on top of the already
exemplary fuel and carbon efficiency records of the U.S. commercial


“The U.S. airlines have improved their fuel efficiency by 103 percent
since 1978, resulting in commensurate reductions of carbon dioxide and
other greenhouse gas emissions. The ATA Board of Directors recently
approved a multi-faceted climate change plan that includes a commitment
for an additional 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency through
2025. While we are committed to doing our part, the ICAO plan is needed
to help address infrastructure inefficiencies on a global scale that
increase delays and emissions.”



While applauding ICAO’s efforts, May expressed deep disappointment in
the decision by the European States to “reserve” on the aspects of the
ICAO Assembly plan that confirm that countries may impose emissions
trading or environmental charges on the airlines of other countries only
through mutual agreement.


“The European States have indicated their intent to unilaterally impose
such measures on the airlines from other countries, contrary to the will
of every other country in the world and contrary to international law.
If they persist, there will no doubt be a legal battle. It is our hope
that this one area of disagreement will not detract from the broad
agreement obtained on all other aspects of ICAO’s comprehensive plan.”