UK-led COP aviation declaration – “International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition”…

uk-led-cop-aviation-declaration-–-“international-aviation-climate-ambition-coalition”…

UK-led COP aviation declaration – “International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition”…

UK-led COP aviation declaration – “International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition” (IACAC) – too weak to clean up flying
2021-11-10 18:03:00
The “International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition” (IACAC) has been launched by the UK government at the COP26 climate change summit. Its declaration is too weak to reduce flying’s climate impact. It relies too much on ICAO’s CORSIA scheme to try to limit some aviation emissions. The number of global air passengers and cargo is expected to increase significantly over the next few decades, but the CORSIA scheme will be ineffective, and airlines are resistant to measures that would reduce demand for flights. At least now the UK has included international aviation in its national carbon target, which means cuts (or net reductions) will have to be made – but most countries have not even done that. The text of the IACAC merely contains non-committal statements such as “supporting”, “taking steps”, “working together”, “ensuring”, “advancing”, “promoting” and “convening.” One commitment is: “Promoting the development and deployment, through international and national measures, of sustainable aviation fuels that reduce lifecycle emissions …avoiding competition with food production for land use and water supply.” .Tweet   UK-led COP aviation declaration too weak to clean up flying 10.11.2021 Transport & Environment The International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition launched at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow. The UK-led international climate ambition declaration for aviation announced today is too weak to reduce flying’s climate impact, says Transport & Environment. In relying on the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the signatories make the same mistakes as previous efforts to tackle aviation emissions, says the group. The declaration, signed by the UK, France and the US, among others, recognises that the number of global air passengers and cargo is expected to increase significantly over the next few decades, putting significant pressure on the planet. It calls on states to observe the Paris Agreement’s goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. But, T&E warns, relying on ICAO and its carbon offsetting scheme to achieve net-zero in the long-term, will be just another distraction from real measures to clean up flying in the near term. Matt Finch, UK policy manager at T&E, said: “The world is crying out for strong action to address global aviation emissions. This is not it. We cannot let this declaration detract us from the fact that individual countries should be going further and faster.” Most worryingly, says T&E, is that in relying on ICAO the signatories have failed to take the most essential step to address aviation emissions by including these emissions in their national climate targets – something the UK, who led the declaration, committed to itself earlier this year. Matt Finch concluded: “At a COP dedicated to raising ambition, it’s disappointing that these states continue to rely on the UN’s deeply flawed aviation agency. The signatories should follow the UK’s lead and take the essential first step of including their share of aviation emissions in their individual country budgets. Clean aviation will remain grounded so long as states continue to shirk their individual responsibility to act.” https://www.transportenvironment.org/discover/uk-led-cop-aviation-declaration-too-weak-to-clean-up-flying/ . The UK Government’s website Policy paper COP 26 declaration: International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition Published 10 November 2021 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cop-26-declaration-international-aviation-climate-ambition-coalition/cop-26-declaration-international-aviation-climate-ambition-coalition Declaration We, the ministers and representatives of states, participating in the inaugural meeting of the International Aviation Climate Ambition

Read More


Share this post