What to expect from ICAO assembly’s talks on a climate deal for aviation

Aviation is a substantial and growing driver of climate change, currently responsible for almost 5% of global warming. The objectives of the Paris Agreement cannot be achieved without action to rein in its emissions growth. Since being tasked by the Kyoto Protocol with acting to limit or reduce aviation’s climate impact, the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has provided little action or leadership. 

This T&E briefing outlines how, at its triennial assembly (27 September – 8 October 2016), ICAO has an opportunity to adopt a global market-based measure which can be a starting point for greater global ambition. However, negotiations dominated by the need to protect industry and favour historic emitters is weakening the prospect of a credible deal.

Europe must push for the strongest possible outcome, while recognising that ICAO action alone will never be enough to put aviation on a path consistent with the Paris Agreement. More ambition is needed from Europe’s own policies.