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Decarbonising Aviation, the Alternative Press Release

November 12, 2021
Harold Goodwin
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This was a spoof press release issued during COP26 which presented what many climate activits woud like to have seen

PRESS RELEASE EMBARGOED UNTIL 12 MIDNIGHT GMT, 10.11.21

Nations Commit to Ambitious Aviation Targets

18 governments pledge urgent action to tackle aviation emissions in International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition IACAC

 Tomorrow marks the COP26 Transport Day when the Coalition will be launched: www.iacac.uk

Tomorrow, 10th of November 2021, on the occasion of the COP26 Transport Day, the UK government-led International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition (IACAC) will be launched. The ground-breaking new initiative serves as a major element to drive the global transition to zero emission transport. It will align the global aviation sector with the Paris Agreement‘s targets to stay below 1.5C.

18 governments already form part of the Coalition, with more to follow. It brings together developed countries with the highest per-capita aviation emissions in an ambitious commitment which will support effective measures by the UNFCCC and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The five commitments of the Coalition are to:

1. Halve air traffic emissions departing from signatory countries by 2030, from 2005 levels. This is in line with the Paris Agreement’s Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC) approach, and will allow improved equality of access to travel in developing countries, within the context of reducing global aviation emissions.
2. Include emissions from flight departures (both domestic and international) within signatory country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), accounting for both CO2 and non-CO2 warming effects.
3. Introduce a minimum jet fuel tax of €0.33 per litre on flights between member states, with the revenue raised used for climate mitigation and adaptation in climate vulnerable countries.
4. Not use carbon offsetting as an emissions reduction measure. This implies that coalition members exceed the ambition already agreed with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
5. Ban crop-based aviation biofuel. This involves the commitment to strengthen CORSIA’s sustainability criteria for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

IACAC chair and UK Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, said:

“IACAC is a ground-breaking initiative as it will strengthen the global aviation policies, recognising the role of both technological innovation and demand management to achieve our decarbonisation goals. IACAC will complement existing national efforts like UK’s Jet Zero Council."

COP26 President, Alok Sharma, said:

“If we are to limit global warming and keep the goal of 1.5C alive, then the world needs to reduce emissions at the source. Aviation is the most climate-harming and unequally distributed mode of transport. The commitments being made today show that limiting aviation emissions is essential to meeting the Paris Agreement goals, and will contribute to addressing the twin crises of climate change and inequity."

Notes to Editors:

  • Please email media@iacac.uk for any IACAC Press/Media inquiries or call the IACAC Press Office on +44 7852 312015.
  • The 18 countries in the initiative are: Australia, Austria, Canada,  Denmark,  Estonia,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Iceland,  Italy,  Japan,  New Zealand, Norway,  Spain,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  UK, USA
  • Find more information here: www.iacac.uk
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