Aviation at COP21

Environmental Climate solutions

The 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) will take place in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

Eiffel Tower MotifAt the crucial UN climate talks in Paris, the aviation industry is asking the world’s governments to continue to work at the specialised UN agency for aviation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to deliver a global approach. Already, significant progress has been made at ICAO, but by working in partnership, we can ensure that aviation continues to deliver its valuable economic and social benefits, whilst reducing its emissions.

NEW: Our statement about the COP21 Paris Agreement.

You can find out more about the aviation industry's global climate action framework; an open letter industry leaders sent to governments ahead of the Paris talks; and the impressive climate action already underway in the sector.

To contact the aviation delegation on the ground in Paris, please email Haldane Dodd ([email protected]) who can help arrange meetings with industry representatives.

At COP21, the industry will also be taking part in a number of side events, which we detail below:

Date / Time


Side event Details, further information

Tues 1 Dec



(Blue Zone)

REDD+ as an INDC strategy  This event, hosted by Dentons, will address the use of REDD+ policy and project types. Michael Schneider from IATA will join this session.

Weds 2 Dec


Observer Room 01

(Blue Zone)

International Transport Update by ICAO and IMO The ICAO section of this side event will be joined by Michael Gill from ATAG. The event will focus on ICAO's achievements and joint intiatives with other UN bodies on technical, operational and market-based measures.

Thu 3 Dec


Blue Zone LPAA Transport Thematic Day  

Mon 7 Dec


Salle / Room 07

Espace Generations Clima

(Green Zone)

ATAG: Climate Action Takes Flight on International Aviation Day

Following an introduction by Michael Gill, Executive Director of ATAG, case studies will be presented on climate action across the aviation sector by:

This will then be followed by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience.

This event will take place in the public open space known as the Climate Generations Area - so even those not accredited for the climate talks can attend. Please see this guide for visitors on how to attend the event.

Tue 8 Dec



Hall 3

(Blue Zone)

ATAG: Developing a global MBM for aviation at ICAO

An introduction by Michael Gill, ATAG, will be followed by short presentations and discussion with:

  • Jonathon Counsell, International Airlines Group
  • Katie Sullivan, IETA
  • A representative of government
  • Alex Hanafi, Environmental Defense Fund

Wed 9 Dec


OECD Pavilion

Hall 3

(Blue Zone)

Mitigating the climate change impacts of aviation This event, hosted by the International Transport Forum, will hear from experts on the options for reducing emissions from aviation. Michael Gill from ATAG will join the panel.

Fri 11 Dec


French Pavilion

Hall 2

(Blue Zone)

Air transport and sustainable development: technological progress

The Council for Civil Aeronautics Research (CORAC) brings together the French aviation industry to coordinate and pursue research and innovation efforts in aeronautics. Examples of concrete applications will be presented by:

  • Alain Vidalies, Secretary of State for Transport, Sea and Fisheries
  • Patrick Gandil, General Director of Civil Aviation
  • Marwan Lahoud, chairman of GIFAS
  • Guillaume Faury, CEO, Airbus Helicopters, in charge of CORAC steering committee
  • Pierre Fabre, Director for R&T and innovation, Safran group
  • Bruno Sainjon, Chief Executive, ONERA