Aerospace and Defense

ICAO Adopts Global Aircraft Emission Standards

07 March 2017

The 36-state International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has adopted a new aircraft CO2 emissions standard which it says will reduce the impact of aviation greenhouse gas emissions on the global climate.

Contained in a new Volume III to Annex 16 of the Chicago Convention (Environmental Protection), the aircraft CO2 emissions measure represents what ICAO says is the world’s first global design certification standard governing CO2 emissions for any industry sector.

The Standard will apply to new aircraft type designs beginning in 2020, and to aircraft type designs already in-production as of 2023. Those in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.

Embedded applicability date as specified by ICAO include:

Subsonic jet aeroplanes, including their derived versions, of greater than 5,700 kg maximum take-off mass for which the application for a type certificate was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2020, except for those airplanes of less than or equal to 60,000 kg maximum take-off mass with a maximum passenger seating capacity of 19 seats or less;

Subsonic jet aeroplanes, including their derived versions, of greater than 5,700 kg and less than or equal to 60,000 kg maximum take-off mass with a maximum passenger seating capacity of 19 seats or less, for which the application for a type certificate was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2023;

All propeller-driven airplanes, including their derived versions, of greater than 8,618 kg maximum take-off mass, for which the application for a type certificate was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2020;

Derived versions of non-CO2-certified subsonic jet airplanes of greater than 5,700 kg maximum certificated take-off mass for which the application for certification of the change in type design was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2023;

Derived versions of non-CO2 certified propeller-driven airplanes of greater than 8,618 kg maximum certificated take-off mass for which the application for certification of the change in type design was submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2023;

Individual non-CO2-certified subsonic jet airplanes of greater than 5,700 kg maximum certificated take-off mass for which a certificate of airworthiness was first issued on or after Jan. 1, 2028; and

Individual non-CO2-certified propeller-driven airplanes of greater than 8,618 kg maximum certificated take-off mass for which a certificate of airworthiness was first issued on or after Jan. 1, 2028.

To contact the author of this article, email david.wagman@ieeeglobalspec.com


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