ICAO adopts first aviation-related Clean Development Mechanism methodology

30 November 2015 (Last Updated November 30th, 2015 18:30)

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Secretary General Dr Fang Liu has pledged the adoption of the first aviation-related Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the wake of the Paris climate conference.

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Secretary General Dr Fang Liu has pledged the adoption of the first aviation-related Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the wake of the Paris climate conference.

Though emissions from aviation activity presently represent only around 2% of the global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, significant increase in emission is anticipated from aviation activities in the expanding developing markets.

The aviation related CDM is expected to encourage innovation that will be capable of significantly reducing emissions from aircraft while they move around at airports.

"Aviation holds considerable untapped potential for emission reductions through CDM projects and we're excited to bring this important message to COP21."

It aims to reduce emission from the use of electric aircraft taxiing systems.

ICAO is also teaming up with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to develop technology that will use solar power for aircraft operations at the arrival and departure gates.

According to the Airports Council International, the emission reduction projects taken up by developing countries might also earn them Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits.

The credits would represent one tonne of CO2, which can be used by industrialised countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

UNFCCC Sustainable Development Mechanisms programme director John Kilani said: "Just a few days ahead of the beginning of decisive international negotiations on climate change in Paris, it is encouraging to see the continuing relevance of CDM as a pillar for the widespread implementation of CO2 mitigation and sustainable development measures.

"Aviation holds considerable untapped potential for emission reductions through CDM projects and we're excited to bring this important message to COP21."