EUROPE & CIS: IATA calls for gov’ts to support enviro strategy

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the world’s governments to unite in support of the aviation industries’ ambitious targets to combat climate change and agree to a global approach at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Triennial Assembly in Montreal. IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani made special note of the […]


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the world’s governments to unite in support of the aviation industries’ ambitious targets to combat climate change and agree to a global approach at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) Triennial Assembly in Montreal.

IATA’s Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani made special note of the critical timing of the 37th ICAO Assembly which opens on 28 September. "We cannot meet our ambitious targets without the support and cooperation of governments. Aviation is a global industry. We need a global framework under ICAO to guide our efforts. The ICAO Assembly is our best opportunity to achieve this in time for COP-16 in Cancun.

"Political obstacles being removed, the industry is committed to aggressive targets and our track record demonstrates that we will achieve them. Supporting aviation’s efforts should be an easy decision for governments to make in Montreal," said Bisignani.

The industry has an ambitious climate change goal of a 1.5 per cent average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020, capping net emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth, and cutting net emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005. To meet these goals Bisignani said IATA members had united on a four-pillar strategy: Investing in new technology, more efficient infrastructure, more effective operations and positive economic measures.