ICAO Environmental Report 2016 – On Board a Sustainable Future
August 2016 – ICAO has announced the publication of the 2016 edition of its Environmental Report, which shares information on progress made over the last three years across key areas of the UN agency’s civil aviation environmental protection activities. This fourth edition is a compendium of technical and scientific articles intended to inform of the work of the ICAO Secretariat, ICAO Member States and the many stakeholders involved. It also serves as a reference document in matters concerning international aviation and the environment, as well as presenting the work of ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), which has more than 600 international experts, in areas such as noise, air quality, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and aircraft end-of-life recycling.
“In this edition, concrete case studies have been added to illustrate the quantified benefits of the mitigation actions developed and supported by ICAO,” writes Jane Hupe, the head of ICAO’s environmental branch, in the Report’s introduction. “Major steps have been taken since the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in 2013 to equip States with the tools needed to pave the way for an environmentally sustainable future, and some initiatives are already bearing fruit.”
All of ICAO’s work is data-driven, she points out, “and an important pillar of ICAO’s decision-making on environment are the ICAO trends we develop for traffic, noise and emissions.”
Each of the chapters of the Report identifies how the work being described in them contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015 and the relevance of ICAO’s environmental strategy and actions to the fulfilment of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“ICAO is committed to leading international aviation efforts towards the attainment of the UN SDGs, and this Report is a clear reflection of our dedication to delivering tangible results,” adds Dr Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General. “It sets a strong foundation for more forward-looking policies and better preparedness on our environmental challenges, while helping to increase awareness globally of how aviation’s benefits are essential to the realisation of truly sustainable civil societies.”
The final chapter of the Report carries contributions from senior figures and representatives from the United Nations and other UN agencies, the aviation industry and civil society.
“This edition of the ICAO Environmental Report shows how air transport is well on its way to carrying out forward-looking solutions – and sets out the strategic path for even greater progress,” says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
“The Report is a crucial step that allows aviation to produce policies that leads to peaking emissions in the industry, says Christina Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. “It allows for informed policy decisions based on sound science.”
On behalf of airlines, IATA Director General Tony Tyler says: “We need to continue the spirit of cooperation that has brought us to where we are today.”
Adds airports representative Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International: “As a global sector, aviation stakeholders necessarily have to combine efforts to address environmental impacts for the long-term sustainability of the industry. ACI is looking forward to identifying new areas of collaboration with ICAO to strengthen our already strong cooperation on common environmental objectives.”
On behalf of the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation, Tim Johnson, Director of Aviation Environment Federation, says: “Bringing experience of environmental policy and carbon markets, and offering a network of non-governmental organisations operating both internationally and nationally that is in touch with different regional perspectives, ICSA has always sought to engage with CAEP members and observers to identify effective measures.”