ICAO considers raising fuel efficiency targets

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ICAO is holding informal consultations to raise fuel efficiency targets beyond current guidance of 2% for inclusion in a draft resolution on climate change the organisation plans to present to member states in September.

During the United Nations Framework on Climate Change meeting in Copenhagen in December 2009, no specific decision was taken to address emissions from the global aviation industry, which gave ICAO crucial time to develop a framework to give the UN at its next meeting in November of this year.

During its own high level meeting in October ICAO's member states agreed to target an average fuel efficiency improvement of 2% through 2020, and an aspirational goal of continuing that 2% reduction from 2021 to 2050.

But ICAO environmental officer for modelling and analysis Ted Thrasher says discussions are being held to raise that level beyond 2%. Those talks are part of ICAO's preparations to issue its draft resolution on climate change for introduction during the ICAO Assembly in September of this year.

Thrasher, speaking today ahead of the formal launch of the ICAO Colloquium on Aviation and Climate Change tomorrow, says some of the organisation's member states are involved in those informal discussions to raise annual fuel efficiency targets.

Thrasher also says ICAO has started development of a form member states will eventually use to report annual international CO2 emissions to ICAO. The organisation has committed to regularly reporting those emissions to the UN.