ICAO and Airlines Reinforce Support for CORSIA Following US Decision to Quit Paris Climate Agreement
(GreenAir Online) … The sustainable alternative aviation fuels resolution approved at the AGM calls on governments to implement policies to accelerate the deployment of such fuels, including the creation of the appropriate regulatory framework to further the development of production facilities. Such policies could, says the resolution, provide easier access to finance, such as loan guarantees and capital grants; support demonstration plants and supply chain R&D; put these fuels on an equal footing with automotive fuels through equivalent public incentives; and provide legislative certainty over an extended period of time to give investors confidence to finance new production facilities.
“While offsetting is critical to managing emissions in the short term, in the long term we rely on clean technology improvements to achieve our goals,” commented de Juniac. “Sustainable aviation fuels are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy but at the moment they are not being produced in enough quantity at a competitive cost.”
IATA said the industry was committed to ensuring the fuels conformed to robust sustainability standards and was playing a leading role within an ICAO working group to define globally harmonised sustainability requirements for the fuels in the context of CORSIA.
“It is important people are reassured that CORSIA-compliant sustainable aviation fuels will be held to the highest environmental standards,” promised de Juniac. “Our resolution makes clear our determination that we will only use such fuels that conserve ecological balance, and avoid the depletion of natural resources.” READ MORE
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