IATA has called on all aviation stakeholders to
stay focused and unified to deliver a vision for a sustainable
“Throughout the first 100 years of commercial
passenger flight, aviation has demonstrated a proud history of
teamwork and delivered innovation that has changed our world
dramatically,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO,
at the 7th Air Transport Action Group Environmental Summit in
Geneva. “The strength of the aviation industry’s response to the
environmental challenge has been founded on our unity of purpose.
The industry has been clear with its call for a global
environmental solution and a commitment to three sequential
carbon-reduction targets. Working together, we have demonstrated
progress with more efficient operations, investments in technology
and by driving improvements in the use of infrastructure.”
Tyler reminded the delegates that the industry
must remain focused on:
- Finding ways for biofuels to deliver a real
contribution to aviation’s environmental performance.
- Making the balanced approach work even harder
to manage issues around aircraft noise.
- Ensuring that a global mandatory carbon
offsetting scheme is implemented to help the industry achieve
carbon-neutral growth from 2020.
Although the decision by the International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) to agree a framework for a global
market based measure (MBM) by its next assembly, to be implemented
by 2020, was an important milestone, Tyler noted that the hard
work is yet to come.
“The discussions on the details of the MBM will
not be easy, but we must stay the course. If we remain united, we
earn our license to grow with our stakeholders and our passengers.
And we will have the strength to find solutions to the challenges
that are likely to emerge—particularly with respect to the
development of a global MBM ... As an industry, we are 100 years
old. But I am absolutely convinced that this industry is only just
getting started. The best is yet to come. And sustainability will
be a critical key to unlocking our future and the benefits that
aviation will deliver to the world,” said Tyler.
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