International declaration denounces ICAO offset plan
September 27, 2016
Aviation is one of only two sectors worldwide with no existing United Nations’ (UN) targets to reduce emissions. The UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has put forward a proposal to deal with climate change which foresees emissions increasing by between 300-700 per cent by 2050.
As the ICAO Assembly gathers to consider the proposal, 90 organisations stand together to denounce the plans in their current form as they undermine our ability to limit warming to the agreed UN aim of well below 2° Celsius, aiming for 1.5° Celsius.
They call on ICAO to reduce emissions now and to exclude forest and soil carbon offsets as a first step. We need to reduce aviation emissions AND protect forests, not one or the other.