IATA’s Tyler Says Global Carbon Offsetting Deal For Aviation Is In Reach
IATA Director General and CEO Tony
Tyler says he is optimistic that governments at the ICAO Assembly in September
will agree on a global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation.
Tyler was a guest speaker at the Air
Transport Action Group (ATAG) Global Sustainable Aviation Forum in Montreal yesterday.
"Airlines are determined to do the
right thing in mitigating their climate change impact. And we are counting on
the 191 member states of ICAO to enable that important result by reaching an
agreement later this year on a global market based measure," said Tyler.
“My optimism is based on more than
mood. The hard work over recent months has resulted in a concrete proposal for
a global carbon-offsetting scheme.”
While accepting that many details have
still to be worked out, Tyler said that the proposal met the airline industry’s
needs for a practical, transparent, fair and environmentally-credible market
based measure, and for it to be implementable by 2020—in time to achieve the
industry’s commitment to carbon neutral growth.
“I know that predicting the future is
always a risky business. But I am going to stick my neck out and say the signs
are encouraging that governments will achieve an agreement for a global
market-based measure (GMBM) in September. That is certainly the result that the
industry is counting on,” Tyler said.