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Press Release

07th October 2016

For immediate release

IACA welcomes the historic ICAO agreement on aviation CO2 emissions

The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) congratulates the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and its Member States for reaching an agreement towards a global market-based measure in order to stabilize aviation emissions in the future.

Yesterday, after years of intensive debate, the 191 Member States of ICAO decided on the design of a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a precedent that covers an entire industry sector.

This scheme will be a key part of the aviation industry’s four-pillar strategy on mitigating the effects of climate change, together with improvements in technology, operations and infrastructure.

The ICAO scheme will be voluntary at the level of States till 2026, but will nevertheless result in an obligation on airlines to offset 83% of their world-wide emissions above 2020 levels between the years 2021 and 2035. IACA underlines that this agreed global framework offers a better alternative compared to a potentially complex patchwork of regional and national systems.

IACA is confident that the European Commission will recognise the high level of ambition of CORSIA, and will propose that it replaces the EU-ETS.


The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) represents airlines contributing significantly to the tourism sector. IACA members operate state-of-the-art, environmentally efficient aircraft to all major holiday destinations worldwide



Sylviane Lust  

Director General

Tel: +32 (0) 2 546 10 60

email: sylviane.lust@iaca.be