The International Civil Aviation Organization has adopted a new aircraft emissions standard which it says will help reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the world’s climate.
Boeing Co. is “fully committed to meeting the new standard,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman Tom Kim said.
ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which promotes the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation around the world. Montreal-based ICAO sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection. The UN agency also adopted a carbon offset regime last October, which Boeing also commended.
ICAO said its 36-nation governing council adopted the latest CO2 standards for aircraft manufacturing on Monday, saying it “confirms the air transport sector’s leadership and concrete actions toward ensuring a sustainable end environmentally responsible future.”
“This historic accomplishment places aviation in an even better position as we look forward to a greener era of air transport development,” ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu said in a statement, noting that aviation is the first industry sector to adopt such a standard.
The standard will apply to new aircraft designs (including both jets and propeller-driven aircraft) beginning in 2020, and then to aircraft designs already in production as of 2023, ICAO spokesman Anthony Philbin said.