Posted on: 14 April 2016 by Mark Howells
ICAO has successfully concluded its second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs) on market-based measures (MBMs) to address climate change from aircraft emissions.
The current round of ICAO GLADs took place from 20 March to 8 April 2016, covering all ICAO regions, with its conclusions set to be considered by a meeting of the 18 States which compose ICAO’s Global MBM High-level Group, and by a High-level Meeting of ICAO’s full 191 Member States on 11-13 May.
From there proposals will be taken to the 39th Assembly this September, where the Member States will decide on whether to adopt the global MBM scheme for implementation by 2020. The final GLADs session featured an interactive panel discussion with representatives from States, industry, environmental non-governmental organisations and carbon market experts.
“The structure and format of the GLADs was designed specifically to inform and engage non-Council States on the design and implementation aspects of the proposed global MBM,” explained ICAO Council president Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. “This type of outreach is essential to facilitate well-informed discussion and decision-making by all our 191 Member States, and it is especially relevant given that the world will be so keenly focused on the decisions we adopt at our Assembly this September.”
The five, two-day GLADs events were conducted in Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Legian, Indonesia; Utrecht, Netherlands; and Mexico City, Mexico. They covered a wide range of topics including the proposed global MBM’s simplicity, environmental integrity, cost-effectiveness, possible means for differentiation without discrimination amongst States, and the assistance and capacity-building which may be needed to support its effective implementation.