ICAO adopts emissions agreement
On October 7, 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN’s civil aviation body, adopted an agreement to control emissions from international aviation. This represents the world's first limitation on greenhouse gas emissions from the rapidly growing aviation sector.
“Robust certification schemes, such as RSB for alternative fuels and Gold Standard (GS) for carbon offsets, can help ensure consistency of these measures with sustainable development objectives. For example, the Gold Standard Principles clearly distinguish between safeguards (“do no harm”) and benefits (“enhance sustainable development”). GS is currently revising its standard to “measure and certify impacts toward all the SDGs”, which may prove useful for ICAO in quantifying SDG benefits. This is in addition to the core foundation of safeguards that “mitigate risk, maximise impact, and ensure the results intended.”
“In the final hours of the before adoption of this deal, countries demonstrated that they understand the importance of high-quality carbon offsets. Lou Leonard: ‘Countries are signaling in this deal an understanding that not all carbon credits are created equal.’”