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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 1, 2007


International Civil Aviation Organization Adopts a Plan to Address Aviation's Impact on the Environment

With the strong endorsement of the global aviation community and the full support of the United States, the 36th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed September 28 in Montreal, Canada to a set of actions to address an array of aviation environmental issues, including aircraft noise, local emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions. The resolution includes a comprehensive plan to develop recommendations for a broad range of tools, including technological advances, operational improvements, and positive economic incentives that will further enhance the efforts of contracting states to limit or reduce international aviation greenhouse gas emissions.

The Assembly also endorsed formation of a special high-level group to oversee the development of recommendations on aviation greenhouse gas emissions to be presented at a special meeting prior to the next Assembly in 2010.

The United States welcomes this important resolution and applauds the hard work and spirit of cooperation of ICAO member states that made the resolution possible. These results are a clear testament to ICAO's continuing leadership role in, and commitment to, the development of international aviation environmental issues.


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