Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2008
Policy Type:Voluntary Approaches>Negotiated Agreements (Public-private sector), Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Climate Change Policy Targets:Transport
Agency:Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Planning
Climate Change Description:On 28 January 2008, France signed an environmental agreement with the aviation industry calling for airlines, airplane manufacturers and airport operators to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the 2008 to 2012 period. It also calls for reductions in noise and air pollution, particularly as concerns nitrogen oxides. The new agreement was signed by Air France - KLM, the Paris Airport Authority (ADP), and representatives of the freight, airport management, aircraft manufacturing and general aviation sectors. All industry representatives who signed the agreement agreed that aviation should be included, as soon as possible, in the European Unions Emissions Trading Scheme. Air France - KLM agreed to implement measures to achieve a 20% reduction, compared with 2005 levels, in CO2 emissions from long-haul flights between France and the countrys overseas territories. A 5% reduction on CO2 emissions from domestic flights is sought by 2012 (compared with 2005). The company will also pursue its fleet modernisation programme, which should bring average fuel consumption down to approximately 3.7 litres of fuel per passenger per 100 km travelled. Aircraft manufacturers vowed to work towards the European Unions long-term objective of reducing by 50% both fuel use and CO2 emissions per passenger per kilometre for all new planes by 2020, compared to a year 2000 baseline. They also agreed to work towards other European Union objectives, namely an 80% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions and a 50% reduction in perceptible noise, compared to 2000 levels. Airline and freight companies agreed to undertake comprehensive studies on CO2 production across their activities, in order to reduce fuel use and emissions from airborne operations, lighting, heating and ground services. Airport operators agreed to undertake a series of actions to reduce their carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, including better communication with employees and passengers on climate change and environmental goals. Airline companies agreed to provide CO2 calculators for passengers to calculate their carbon footprint, as well as information on carbon offsetting. The Paris Airport Authority has agreed to various targets based on 2004 levels. The distance planes cover on the ground at the three Paris airports will be reduced by 10% by 2015, and a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from ground services vehicles is aimed for by 2010. In addition, the agreement calls for a 20% reduction by 2020 in energy use at airports, increasing to a 40% reduction by 2040. All new construction will be required to meet High Environmental Quality standards. The implementation of the agreements commitments is to be monitored, with each responsible party to provide yearly progress reports.

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