African airlines support emissions agreement
The Secretary General of the African Airlines Associations (AFRAA) Dr. Elijah Chingosho, welcomed the landmark agreement earlier this month to control carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international aviation that was reached at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada.
Dr Chingosho stated “We applaud this deal that was struck after tense negotiations during the last few years. The 191 states and the various stakeholders including AFRAA, AFCAC and IATA worked very hard through the ICAO system and managed to find the necessary compromises to establish the first sectorial deal to reduce CO2 at global level. African airlines, the aviation industry, other stakeholders as well as African institutions have been consistently advocating a global solution under ICAO’s leadership for several years”.
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) would complement a range of mitigation measures the air transport industry was already looking at to cut CO2 emissions.
The African Airlines Association represents airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU).