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Global travel and tourism leaders urge States to join historic aviation carbon scheme

October 11, 2016 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC) welcomes the adoption of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and urges all States to join this historic effort of the sector to combat carbon emissions.

CORSIA, which creates a global market-based mechanism for carbon emissions from aviation, was adopted in Montreal at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 06 October 2016.

GTAC applauds the States for reaching this landmark agreement, a first market-based measure governing an entire industry sector at the global level, and encourages all States to join CORSIA from the beginning to curb aviation’s contribution to climate change.

David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council, said on behalf of GTAC: “CORSIA is an historic agreement for aviation and a major step towards the sustainable growth of the whole Travel & Tourism sector. On behalf of the GTAC Members I would like to congratulate all the members of ICAO for coming to this momentous agreement.”

“As global Travel and Tourism leaders we encourage all States to follow the lead of the 65 countries who have already indicated to participate in the pilot by 2021, representing over 80% of aviation activity. By agreeing to CORSIA, we highlight the importance of public and private sector cooperation in achieving the goal of safe and environmentally sustainable air travel and our commitment to a more sustainable future and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Scowsill added.”

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