Finnair supports air transport emissions restrictions
Wednesday 13, October 2010
The International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO has reached a common understanding with its 190 member countries on the restriction of air transport emissions. A framework was signed on Friday, 8 October at the ICAO's Assembly in Montreal.
"The solution is unique, because it concerns the restriction of emissions covering a globally operating sector, not country-specific restrictions. The Kyoto Agreement, for example, applies to states. Air transport is first industrial sector to have reached an agreement of this type," says Finnair's Vice President Sustainable Development Kati Ihamäki.
The framework includes unanimity on improving fuel efficiency by 2% per year until 2050, on preparing a carbon dioxide emissions standard for aircraft engines by 2013, and on carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onward. “Some of the airlines, Finnair included, would have been ready to go further in relation to emissions restrictions,” continues Ihamäki.
Finnair's goal is to reduce its emissions by 24% per seat between 2009 and 2017. Emissions have already been substantially reduced, so the total emissions reduction from 1999 to 2017 will be 41% per passenger seat.
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