The global sectoral approach to aviation and climate change

Wednesday 24, March 2010


The global sectoral approach to aviation and climate change


The heads of the world’s regional airline associations issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the industry-wide global sectoral approach to aviation and climate change. The associations are supporting the efforts of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) to push for a strong International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) commitment at the ICAO General Assembly in September.



The statement reads:

“We reaffirm our commitment to the industry-wide effort to reduce aviation’s climate change impact

through three targets: a 1.5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency annually from 2010; a cap on net carbon emissions from 2020 through carbon-neutral growth; and a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, compared with 2005 levels.


“These targets remain the most appropriate tools for addressing aviation’s carbon emissions while allowing sustainable growth, which recognises the industry’s vital contribution to economic and social development around the world.


“We urge the member states of ICAO at their upcoming triennial assembly to confirm and support ICAO’s position as the most appropriate forum for addressing aviation emissions issues. It is essential that they agree to a global framework for aviation, to be implemented by ICAO, for inclusion in discussions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP16 in December.


“The industry has a plan for reducing emissions. It is appropriate, it is ambitious and it will allow us to continue to grow responsibly while keeping climate change in check. The aviation sector has shown unprecedented support for a single, united vision to reduce emissions. We are taking action to meet our targets. The world’s governments must now take up the challenge by moving forward with emissionssavings initiatives under their control, such as air traffic control modernization and in adopting a truly global approach to aviation and climate change through their representation at ICAO.”






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