EUROPE & CIS: IATA reiterates carbon neutral growth goal
IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani has called on governments to deliver a Ã¢â‚¬Å“global and sectoralÃ¢â‚¬Â approach to reducing aviation emissions in the so-called Kyoto 2 packagescheduled for discussion this December. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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 […]
June 1, 2009
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â Bisignani said.
Bisignani called on governments to define a sectoral approach in Kyoto 2 with global accounting for aviationÃ¢â‚¬™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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bisignani.
He also repeated an outlook made in March when he said the airline industryÃ¢â‚¬™s carbon emissions would drop eight per cent this year. A significant portion of that Ã¢â‚¬“ around six per cent Ã¢â‚¬“ will result from airlines cutting the number of flights amid a drop in cargo and passenger demand.