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May 28, 2024
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The airline and aerospace industry are looking with great anticipation at Montreal in the next two weeks, where the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) holds its 41st Assembly from September 27 until October 7. On top of the agenda of the 193 states is establishing a clear Long-Term Aspirational Goal (LTAG) on how to reduce carbon emissions. But will it go beyond resolutions and just words on paper? ICAO Assembly is all about net zero.

Preparatory work for the Assembly has already been concluded in July when during another ICAO meeting, ministers and officials urged countries to support the LTAG of net-zero carbon emissions in 2050. In the coming two weeks, many discussions and negotiations should result in a solid long-term strategic plan that has the full support of as many countries as possible. This requires progress to be made on two topics: the CORSIA offsetting scheme and the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.