Flight Emissions: ICAO Completes Second Regional Consultation Round
Global Market-based Measure (GMBM) scheme to address climate change
Montréal, April 13, 2016: ICAO has successfully concluded its second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) on Market-based Measures (MBMs) to address climate change from international flight emissions, a key priority under the UN agency’s strategic objective of environmental protection.
The current round of ICAO GLADs took place from March 20 to April 8, 2016, covering all ICAO regions. The conclusion of this latest round of ICAO outreach paves the way towards its 39th Assembly this September, where ICAO’s 191 Member States will decide on whether to adopt the global MBM scheme for implementation by 2020. The final GLADs session featured an interactive panel discussion with representatives from States, industry, environmental non-governmental organizations and carbon market experts.
“The structure and format of the GLADs was designed specifically to inform and engage non-Council States on the design and implementation aspects of the proposed global MBM,” underscored ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “This type of outreach is essential to facilitate well-informed discussion and decision-making by all our 191 Member States, and it is especially relevant given that the world will be so keenly focused on the decisions we adopt at our Assembly this September.”
The five, two-day GLADs events were conducted in Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Legian, Indonesia; Utrecht, Netherlands; and Mexico City, Mexico. They covered a wide range of topics including the proposed global MBM’s simplicity, environmental integrity, cost-effectiveness, possible means for differentiation without discrimination amongst States, and the assistance and capacity-building which may be needed to support its effective implementation.
”Through the Global Aviation Dialogues, ICAO engaged with hundreds of government and civil-society officials on the development of a global MBM scheme for limiting international civil aviation’s impact on climate change,” highlighted ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu. These inputs will be considered by a meeting of the 18 States which compose ICAO’s GMBM High-level Group, and by a High-level Meeting of ICAO’s full 191 Member States on this May 11–13.