MONTRÉAL: February 08, 2016. The 170 experts of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) have adopted a new CO2 emissions standard, paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the U.N. agency’s 36-state governing council.
Under the CAEP recommendation, the new CO2 standard would be applicable to new aircraft type designs from 2020 and new deliveries of current aircraft types from 2023. A cut-off date of 2028 for production of aircraft that do not comply with the standard was also recommended.
The proposed global standard will have the greatest impact on aircraft weighing over 60 tonnes - accounting for more than 90 percent of international aviation emissions.
“The goal of this process is ultimately to ensure that when the next generation of aircraft types enter service, there will be guaranteed reductions in international CO2 emissions,” said Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, president of the ICAO Council. “Our sector presently accounts for under two percent of the world’s annual CO2 emissions, but we also recognize that the projected doubling of global passengers and flights by 2030 must be managed responsibly and sustainably.”
Commenting on the announcement Boeing said the new standard would ensure older aircraft are replaced by more efficient types that will further reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
"This standard represents more than six years of work by a group of international experts from ICAO member states, industry and non-governmental organizations, [and] represents real progress beyond the substantial industry achievements already made to reduce aviation emissions, with more steps ahead. The new standard is ambitious and will become part of the certification process applied to every airplane before delivery based on the ICAO schedule,” the company declared.
In a related move, Oman Air has chosen Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide flight hour support for the CFM56-7 power plants that equip its B737NG aircraft. Four more aircraft will join Oman Air’s fleet this year in addition to two more B787 Dreamliners.
AFI KLM E&M is a major MRO provider with a workforce of over 14,000 supporting nearly 1,500 aircraft operated by 200 international and domestic airlines and structured around an extensive logistics network.
The long-term contract was signed in Amstelveen, The Netherlands by Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch (left in picture) and Ton Dortmans, EVP KLM E&M.