International Civil Aviation Organization – Statement by Laurent Fabius (Paris, February 8, 2016)

I welcome the adoption on February 8 by the ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection of a recommendation for an ambitious CO2 certification standard for aircraft.

In keeping with the Paris climate agreement, this new standard will be a key component of the civil aviation sector’s contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. It must be complemented by a carbon emissions offset mechanism, which the ICAO is due to adopt in September 2016 during its triennial assembly. As COP21 president, I will be keeping a close eye on this.