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Qatar Airways Elected to IATA Environment Committee

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Qatar Airways has been elected as a member of the IATA’s Environment Committee (ENCOM). The Doha-based airline will sit alongside a select group of international carriers to advise relevant IATA bodies on environmental matters and act with other members as a focal point within IATA on environmental issues.

Appointments to the committee are made in recognition of the airline’s achievements and contributions towards environmental sustainability.

Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said, “Qatar Airways is committed to shaping and supporting international efforts to develop an environmentally and economically sustainable global policy framework for reducing CO2 emissions from the aviation sector.”

“Being an active member of IATA’s Environment Committee will provide us with the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the on-going environmental debate on how to combat climate change and how to reduce global emissions in line with international targets.”

The tenure of the appointment is a period of two years, in which Qatar Airways will be represented on the committee by its Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Environment & Fuel Optimisation.

With the world’s governments meeting in Copenhagen in December this year to negotiate a new global deal on climate change, Qatar Airways’ appointment as part of IATA’s ENCOM is timely as airlines work towards developing an industry position on tackling and reducing emissions from the sector.

The airline industry currently accounts for only around 2% of the world’s carbon emissions. But the industry is taking a positive stance towards reducing emission levels as part of its commitment to safeguarding the environment and driving its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

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