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International Civil Aviation Organization moves ahead on aircraft carbon dioxide standard- 12-07-2012

MUMBAI: The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) on Tuesday unanimously agreed on a carbon dioxide (CO2)metric system which characterizes the CO2 emissions for aircraft types with varying technologies.

Aircraft manufacturers welcomed the development. Airbus in a statement issued to the media said: ``The aim of the standard is to drive aircraft manufacturers towards producing more CO2 efficient aircraft (like the A380, the A320neo or the A350 XWB), more fuel-efficient engines (like the neo or XWB engines) or innovations like improved aerodynamics (e.g. sharklets) or advanced materials (e.g. composites or lightweight alloys).'' It welcomed ICAO's first major milestone in development of a CO2 emissions standard for civil aviation and added that once fully established in 2013, the CO2 Standard will measure the CO2 efficiency of commercial aircraft types from private jets to the world's largest passenger plane, the A380, taking into account the different design characteristics such as the aircraft's payload and range across all market segments.

"The new CO2 metric system agreed today by states, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, addresses emissions from a wide variety of aircraft on a fair and transparent basis," said ICAO Council President, Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez in a press statement issued by ICAO. "It includes factors which account for fuselage geometry, maximum take-off weight and fuel burn performance at three different cruise conditions and is a major move forward."

ICAO's Environment Branch Chief, Jane Hupe said:``This metric system is a very important milestone which comes after extensive technical discussions. That ICAO was able to achieve consensus between the States who serve on the CAEP, in addition to the major airlines, aircraft manufacturers, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders who serve as observers to this process, highlights that there is a great deal of motivation in every quarter of our sector to achieve real progress on aviation environmental performance.