The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection has committed to developing a carbon dioxide emissions standard for commercial aircraft by 2013.
According to ICAO, the new standard will set clear directions and timeframes for manufacturers to keep producing innovative aircraft designs and materials, as well as more fuel efficient engines, in order to further reduce the impact of aviation on climate change and meet the industry’s emissions reduction targets.
The eighth meeting of the CAEP also recommended NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) standards up to 15 per cent more stringent than the current levels which would be applicable to new aircraft engines certified after December 31 2013. A cut-off date of December 31 2012 was recommended for engines produced under existing NOx standards. CAEP also initiated work on assessing the need for a more stringent standard for aircraft noise.
All recommendations of the meeting will be reviewed by the Council of ICAO in the coming months.