EUROPE & CIS: IATA reiterates carbon neutral growth goal

IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani has called on governments to deliver a “global and sectoral” approach to reducing aviation emissions in the so-called Kyoto 2 packagescheduled for discussion this December. “Air transport is a global industry with a good track record and ambitious targets for environmental performance. But to achieve them, we need governments to take […]


IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani has called on governments to deliver a “global and sectoral” approach to reducing aviation emissions in the so-called Kyoto 2 packagescheduled for discussion this December.

“Air transport is a global industry with a good track record and ambitious targets for environmental performance. But to achieve them, we need governments to take a global approach,” Bisignani said.

Bisignani called on governments to define a sectoral approach in Kyoto 2 with global accounting for aviation’s emissions through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and open access for airlines to properly regulated carbon markets.

Such an approach would maintain a level playing field for all airlines and replace overlapping national and regional schemes, he said.

IATA has set three ambitious industry targets for reducing emissions: A 25 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency by 2020 compared to 2005; to use 10 per cent alternative fuels by 2017; and a 50 per cent absolute reduction in emissions by 2050.

“We are already working to set an important fourth target; a date for carbon-neutral growth beyond which our emissions will not grow even as demand increases,” said Bisignani.

He also repeated an outlook made in March when he said the airline industry’s carbon emissions would drop eight per cent this year. A significant portion of that – around six per cent – will result from airlines cutting the number of flights amid a drop in cargo and passenger demand.