IATA’s Tyler Says Global Carbon Offsetting Deal For Aviation Is In Reach

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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.

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