Arguably the first highlight of the ACI-NA Annual Conference/ACI World Assembly, Conference & Exhibition was the attendance with over 2,200 delegates and 263 exhibitors from 63 nations descending on Montréal for the event.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Aéroports de Montréal’s president and CEO, James Cherry, proudly hailed Montréal’s status as home to ICAO, ACI, CANSO, IATA and IFALPA as well as numerous aerospace companies ensured its status as the world capital of civil aviation.
He noted: “Montréal is one of only a few cities in the world where all the expertise exits to build an aeroplane from A to Z, and that the same can soon be said for aircraft recycling.”
Cherry said the conference also coincided with the launch of the Aviation Think Tank at Concordia University in Montréal, which he described as a first of its kind project that was designed to “foster research and multi-stakeholder exchanges on the key issues of strategy, policy development and communications for the benefit of the world aviation industry.”
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ICAO’s 39th Assembly, which ends on October 7, has proved as equally productive with a number of announcements. Indeed, On the eve of the 39th Assembly, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the European Union EU signed a Declaration of Intent renewing their partnership to address climate change.
The co-operation was initiated in 2013 and supported a €6.5 million capacity-building and assistance project implemented in 14 selected States in Africa and in the Caribbean.
Each State has successfully submitted an action plan on CO2 emissions reduction activities to ICAO, with a total of 218 CO2 mitigation measures having been identified and now commencing implementation.
A key lesson learned regards the benefits linked to the installation of an Aviation Environmental System (AES) in beneficiary States, leading to the establishment of a robust monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 data from international aviation.
Building on the experience gained with this existing capacity-building project, the new ICAO-EU Declaration of Intent stresses the need to extend the environmental benefits observed so far.
ICAO secretary general Dr Fang Liu, declared: “In this crucial time, European Union’s commitment to pursue its partnership with ICAO sends a strong signal to our Member States.
“It is the acknowledgment that well-structured assistance and capacity-building projects can deliver long-term environmental benefits and that a sense of cooperation is deeply infused in the 39th Session of ICAO Assembly”.
The European Union’s Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, noted: “With this declaration of intent, the European Union shows its readiness to stand by ICAO Member States and support their capacity-building activities, in a continued spirit of fruitful cooperation and upon the adoption of a landmark global market-based measures for international aviation.”
And that was just the start of it as on the first day of UN aviation agency’s landmark 39th triennial Assembly – attended by over 2,000 ministers and high-ranking government officials – it was announced that it intended to adopt the first ever global market-based measure (MBM) by any industry sector covering CO2emissions from international activity.
“The path to an MBM for international aviation has been a complex one, for all concerned, but it has also been a process characterised by a high-level of political will and a clear motivation among State and industry parties to realise a practical and consensus-driven global approach,” enthused ICAO’s Council president, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.
“Already, States responsible for some 80% of international flights have volunteered to participate in the GMBM from 2021.”
The global aviation network currently manages some 10 million passengers and 100,000 flights daily, with international aviation contributing 1.3% a year to global manmade CO2emissions.
“Significant progress has been achieved by ICAO and its Member States since 2010 to realise the sector’s goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020,” commented Liu.
“These include innovative technologies, streamlined operations and procedures, and sustainable alternative aviation fuels”, who elaborated further that given the global system’s tendency to double in flight and passenger volumes once every 15 years, a need is recognised for an MBM to complement the wide-ranging measures.
In addition to the expected agreement on the aviation MBM, governments at the 39th Assembly are also expected to endorse new amendments to ICAO’s global strategic plans for aviation safety and air navigation efficiency, as well as recommend that ICAO now develop similar global plans for aviation security and facilitation and air transport economic development
“ICAO has accomplished a tremendous amount in the past three years, most especially in our efforts to drive more targeted and effective assistance for States under our No Country Left Behind initiative, and through new frameworks for cost-effective capacity building such as the ICAO International Programme for Aviation Volunteers,” adds Aliu.
“We have also become more forward-looking and responsive and we are well-prepared for the new challenges our 39th Assembly will place before us.”
Delegates to the 2016 event elected Azharuddin Abdul Rahman of Malaysia as President of the 39th Session of the Assembly.
Rahman will be helping to manage efficient decision-making on topics with global ramifications including landside and cybersecurity, travel document and identity management modernisation, next generation air traffic management technologies, the liberalisation of market access, and many other priorities.
“This Assembly will be one for bold decisions, and a time to refine our vision for how air transport can be of even greater service to States and regions, businesses and travellers, in the exciting years ahead,” said Aliu.