Conservation International Statements on Aviation Carbon Offsets Standards; Commends Support of Nature-Based Climate Solutions

November 20, 2020

Arlington, VA (Nov. 20, 2020) – Today, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency of the United Nations responsible for setting global aviation standards announced airlines will now be able to offset their carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon credits from two industry approved forest-carbon programs. The revenue generated from the purchase of offsets will support the protection of carbon-rich ecosystems that play a significant factor in reducing global warming.  

Conservation International commended the move as an important step forward in the movement to slow climate change and support nature in the following statements: 

“The science is clear – the world cannot meet its climate goals without significantly scaling up the protection of nature. Carbon credits generated through the conservation and restoration of forests can provide high-quality emissions offsets for airlines while protecting wildlife, keeping ecosystems intact and contributing to local livelihoods. This is a win for the industry and a win for nature,” said Maggie Comstock, Conservation International Senior Director for Climate Policy.  

James Roth, Conservation International Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Government Affairs, said, “ICAO’s decision sends an important signal to countries that halting deforestation and restoring degraded ecosystems is an urgent, global priority and that the international aviation industry will be a leader in investing in nature-based solutions to climate change through the purchase of high-quality carbon offsets.  

“Nature offers at least 30% of the solution to climate change but currently receives less than 3% of climate-related funding. This new opportunity for airlines to invest in nature is a strong step in the right direction and can become a key supporting factor if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and this announcement helps put us on that path.” 

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Conservation International works to protect the critical benefits that nature provides to people. Through science, partnerships and fieldwork, Conservation International is driving innovation and investments in nature-based solutions to the climate crisis, supporting protections for critical habitats, and fostering economic development that is grounded in the conservation of nature. Conservation International works in 30 countries around the world, empowering societies at all levels to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet. Follow Conservation International's work on Conservation NewsFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube