Topics / Aircraft CO2 emissions

Starting January 1, 2012, European nations will implement an EC directive to incorporate international and domestic aviation emissions into the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The directive, which will impose a modest price on aviation growth (currently just over US$14.3/tonne CO2), is under legal challenge by US carriers and opposed by nations such as the US, Russia, India, and Brazil, and has sparked debate about what “equivalent measures” other countries can adopt that would exempt their carriers from the system. Simultaneously, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is working to develop a global framework to control GHG emissions from aircraft for consideration at its 38th General Assembly in 2013. This includes a proposal for a global framework for market-based measures and a CO2 emission standard for new aircraft. The latter has been a major focus for the ICCT since 2009.

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Evaluates the trajectory of GHG emissions from international aviation in the U.S. and Canada as well as the possible GHG reductions that could be made from deployment of alternative jet fuels (AJFs) within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Describes the details of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the International Civil Aviation Organization’s market-based measure to offset most of the growth in aviation carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2020.

Finds that fuel consumption of new aircraft designs could be cut by 25% in 2024 and 40% in 2034 using cost-effective emerging technologies—double the rate of improvement seen in designs coming from manufacturers now in response to market forces alone.

2017.11.17
Many of us in the aviation field are in serious need of an airsickness bag, given the turbulence we’ve experienced recently over the Bombardier CSeries.
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2017.10.02
It’s been a dizzying couple of weeks for those (admittedly few) of us who work on aircraft emissions.
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2017.07.10
Part 2 in a series featuring interviews with members of the technical advisory group who worked with the ICCT on our cost assessment of near- and mid-term technologies to improve new aircraft fuel efficie
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2017.05.30

Evaluates the trajectory of GHG emissions from international aviation in the U.S. and Canada as well as the possible GHG reductions that could be made from deployment of alternative jet fuels (AJFs) within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Publication: Briefing
2017.02.13

Describes the details of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the International Civil Aviation Organization’s market-based measure to offset most of the growth in aviation carbon dioxide emissions beginning in 2020.

Publication: Policy update
2016.09.27

Finds that fuel consumption of new aircraft designs could be cut by 25% in 2024 and 40% in 2034 using cost-effective emerging technologies—double the rate of improvement seen in designs coming from manufacturers now in response to market forces alone.

Publication: Report
2016.09.02
News is flying fast and furious from Montreal these days about the development of ICAO’s market-based measure (MBM) for offsetting emissions growth from international aviation.
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2016.08.17
In October 2013, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the specialized UN agency that acts as the de facto regulator for aviation worldwide, established an aspirational climate goal of Carbon Neutral Growth (CNG) for the
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