Business aviation groups today presented a set of policy principles to guide long-term carbon emissions reductions ahead of the 41st Triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ) which meets this week.
ICAO, a United Nations agency, brings together its 193 member states every three years to set global aviation policy. The next triennial meeting will take place in Montreal from September 27 to October 27. seven.
As part of the business aviation climate change commitment, the industry has committed to achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Sustainable aviation fuel, which can reduce up to to 80% the life cycle carbon emissions of aviation, is essential to achieve this goal.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and other industry groups have developed four guiding principles for the assembly that provide a roadmap to ensure the sector continues to build on its track record. established in terms of safety, security and sustainability in the years to come:
• Encourage investments that increase the production, availability and use of SAF, including tax credits;
• Encourage greater use of industry initiatives, such as booking and claiming, which enable sustainability gains when SAF is unavailable, particularly at smaller airports where aviation operations are affairs are prevalent;
• Support innovations, including electrically powered aircraft and other alternative propulsion technologies, which can significantly reduce CO2 emissions; and
• Encourage cooperative programs between Member States to disseminate the use of proven best practices to increase the sustainability of aviation.
“We know what our industry needs to accomplish to achieve our goal of net zero emissions, and we have the tools available to do it,” said IBAC CEO Kurt Edwards. “Now is the time to put the right policies in place to make this vision a reality.”
A working paper presented by the global aviation industry to ICAO in July estimated that “between 53% and 71% of aviation decarbonization will need to be achieved through a transition to sustainable aviation fuels.” Significant global SAF production is “feasible with the right policy support and market signals” and could “generate or sustain up to 14 million jobs”, the industry said.
In addition to carbon reductions from SAF, the industry has stated that “between 12% and 34% will need to come from the development and deployment of new technologies, including both conventional cell efficiency upgrades and radical new technological options such as hydrogen in the most ambitious scenarios.
Industry Emissions Progress
From 2010 to 2020, the business aviation sector met its near-term climate action goal with analysis showing an annual fuel efficiency improvement of 1.9% on a rolling average. As a result, between 2015 and 2020, industry carbon emissions were 2.4 million tonnes lower than expected levels in 2015.
The IBAC represents the interests of business aviation worldwide. IBAC is a non-profit international trade association with official observer status with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for aviation matters, in Montreal, Canada. The IBAC promotes and manages industry-leading standards for safety best practices through its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAOTM); International Standard for Business Aviation Management (IS-BAHTM); security management toolkit; SMS online training; and aircrew identity card. Recently introduced in partnership with CTX, the IBAC Carbon Credit Exchange provides the business aviation community with a trusted resource for real-time offsetting to reduce its carbon footprint. www.ibac.org
About the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a coalition of major international aeronautical groups. Its members include the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association ( GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), IBAC, National Air Transportation (NATA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The work of the SAF Coalition is supported by a Steering Committee that includes dozens of aerospace companies representing all points in the SAF supply chain. More information about SAF and the coalition is available at futureofsustainablefuel.com.