ICAO 2013 Environmental Report - page 204

icao environmental report
2013
InternationalAirTransport -
KeytoClimateChangeResponse
By
Christiana Figueres
It seems like the world is getting smaller as the flow of
people and information across the globe increases. Rapid
development and technological advances have ushered in
an era of heightened connectivity that relies heavily on air
transport for mobility.
However, this development has come with an unexpected
price. Science now clearly shows that climate change
threatens both the natural environment and business-
as-usual growth. Overcoming climate change will re-
quire an interconnected and collaborative response that
builds a new development model, while continuing to meet
mobility needs.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has a history
of collaborating to address climate change related to
aviation. The Organization has long worked closely with
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change (UNFCCC) to minimize the environmental impacts
of international air transport. The adoption of Resolution
A37-19 in 2010 further clarifies sector-wide action to curb
aviation greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened
collaborative response.
The resulting progress has been positive. Clear global
aspirational goals to reduce emissions and increase
efficiency have been established. States have been
invited to submit action plans and outline their assistance
needs. Sustainable alternative fuels for aviation have been
recognized as a real alternative for significantly curbing
future aviation-generated carbon emissions. And, market-
based measures have been explored as a way to achieve
further emission reductions and efficiency goals.
While this progress is promising, aggregate global action
is not enough to achieve the internationally agreed goal of
limiting warming to 2˚C. We must do more.
This Environmental Report precedes the 2013 ICAO
Assembly, and I urge the Assembly to remember that action
taken under the auspices of ICAO represents crucial global
response and complements UNFCCC action. I therefore
encourage ICAO to build on its strong foundation and
dynamically turn policy into environmental stewardship,
sustainable development, and climate change action.
The Assembly convenes at an important moment in history.
Work this year will inform the UNFCCC negotiations to
achieve a new universal agreement in 2015, to come into
force in 2020, and to raise more immediate ambition to
curb greenhouse gas emissions. ICAO implementation has
great potential to support the 2015 universal agreement by
increasing the options to raise ambition.
A sustainable future requires balancing increased
mobility needs with the need for low-carbon growth. The
work of ICAO is creating the framework needed to strike
that balance.
Christiana Figueres
She was appointed Executive
Secretary of the United Nations
Framework
Convention
on
Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
on 17 May 2010.
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