Ottawa - The Canadian aerospace industry welcomed recommendations for new CO2 emissions standards put forward by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) this week. The new standards are designed to encourage the development of technologies and innovations to reduce aircraft emissions and aviation’s overall environmental impact.

The recommendations were prepared by a task force of over 170 experts from international governments and observers, including the Canadian government and industry representatives from the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), which AIAC vice-chairs. If they are approved by ICAO’s Council as expected later this year, all new aircraft designs produced after 2020 will be required to comply with the new standards. In-production aircraft must be in compliance by 2023.

“AIAC is very pleased that ICAO has reached consensus on a new standard for CO2 emissions from civil aircraft, and we are confident that Canadian industry will be in compliance with the new standards when they come into effect.” said Jim Quick, President and CEO. “These are complex negotiations and the ambitious targets that have been set would not have been possible without the close cooperation and input of the Canadian government, industry members, and our partners at ICCAIA and ICAO.”

“AIAC is committed to improving the environmental footprint of worldwide aviation through a broad range of measures including CO2 emissions standards, improved air navigation procedures, introduction of biofuels, and market-based measures,” added Mr. Quick. “We thank both the Canadian government and our members for their dedicated contribution to the negotiations leading up to this historic agreement.”