30 December 2007

Aviation emissions a key issue at the ICAO Assembly

It was expected that how to address the environmental impact of aviation emissions (dealt with under Agenda Item 17) would be the key controversial issue for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 36th Assembly held in Montreal from 18 to 28 September 2007 (see previous post) and so it proved to be.

A paper presented at the Assembly details the outcome of the deliberations on this issue. The European Union member states made a formal statement of reservation and issued a media statement. On 28 September 2007 ICAO released a media statement on the outcome.

Interestingly Jeffrey N. Shane from the United States was in the chair for the Assembly. Aviation Week reported on 4 December 2007 that he will be leaving the Department of Transportation where he is Under Secretary for Policy in 2008.

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