Work and Climate Change Report

New International Standards for CO2 Emissions in Aviation

On February 8, 2016 members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)  voted to recommend the first ever standards to impose binding energy efficiency and CO2 reduction targets for the aviation sector, requiring an average 4% reduction in fuel consumption for new commercial and business aircraft delivered after January 2028. Reductions for larger commercial plans will range up to 11%. The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) provides details ; an article in The Guardian  describes the political battles by the U.S. and EU behind the negotiated standards.   In a New York Times article, (Feb. 8) , a lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity calls the standards “deplorable” and compares them to the more stringent restrictions on the auto industry.