Airlines for America (A4A) has announced it supports the Environmental Protection Agency´s (EPA) proposal to adopt the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as standard for future aircraft, the organization said.
The global standard, which was the culmination of six years of rigorous assessment by government, environmental and industry experts, was agreed to by the Governing Council of ICAO in 2016 and endorsed by all ICAO Member States for codification as an international standard in early 2017.
The standard, which takes into account safety, technological feasibility and environmental benefit, applies to new models of commercial aircraft starting this year and existing in-production models starting in 2023. EPA´s proposal to adopt the ICAO standard will further enable US airlines to meet the industry´s goals to achieve carbon neutral growth in the near term and to cut net carbon emissions in half in 2050 relative to 2005 levels.
Adoption of the internationally agreed aircraft certification standard is also critical to further enable US aviation, as US aircraft manufacturers need to have their aircraft certified to the standard to be able to sell their aircraft in the international market and for US airlines to be able to deploy those aircraft in international service.
A4A is an industry trade organization that advocates on behalf of the leading US airlines, both passenger and cargo carriers.