ACAC takes part in a milestone agreement on CO2 standards
- United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, July 24 - 2012 at 14:49
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Arab Civil Aviation Commission, represented by General Civil Aviation Authority, joined the global aviation community in taking an important step closer to establishing a worldwide CO2 Standard for aircraft, as the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO's) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) unanimously agreed on a CO2 metric system during their last meeting this month in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection declared that the new CO2 metric system was agreed on by CAEP States, as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, addresses emissions from a wide variety of aircraft on a fair and transparent basis. It includes factors which account for fuselage geometry, maximum take-off weight and fuel burn performance at three different cruise conditions and is a major move forward.
H.E. Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Chairman of Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) said that Arab States fully supports CAEP decisions and will contribute in developing the metric system. He also congratulated the international civil aviation community on reaching such agreement and considered it as great step for the civil aviation future.
The CAEP agreement on the new aircraft CO2 metric system will allow the States and observer organizations that together comprise the CAEP to move onto the next stages in the development of an ICAO CO2 aircraft Standard. This work includes the definition of certification procedures to support the agreed metric system and the Standard's scope of applicability.
"Members of Arab States contributed actively in the working group of CO2 Standards" Eng. Maryam Al Balooshi, Manager Environment Studies at GCAA and Head of Environment Committee of ACAC said. "The coming phases require enhanced cooperation between ACAC's Environment Committee and CAEP to develop an action plan," she added. Eng. Al Belooshi represented ACAC at the Petersburg meeting this month.
This metric system is a very important milestone which comes after extensive technical discussions. ICAO was able to achieve consensus between the States who serve on the CAEP, in addition to the major airlines, aircraft manufacturers, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders who serve as observers to this process, highlights that there is a great deal of motivation in every quarter of our sector to achieve real progress on aviation environmental performance.
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