IATA Tells Governments To Reduce Aviation Emissions
KUALA LUMPUR, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to deliver a global and sectoral approach to reducing aviation emissions in Kyoto 2.
"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," said IATA's director general and chief executive officer, Giovanni Bisignani in a statement to the World Business Summit of Climate Change in Copenhagen Sunday.
Bisignani also called on governments to define a sectoral approach in Kyoto 2 with global accounting for aviation's emissions through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and open access for airlines to properly regulated carbon markets.
He said such an approach would maintain a level playing field for all airlines and replace overlapping national and regional schemes.
According to him, a global approach is already underpinned with three ambitious industry targets namely a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency by 2020 compared to 2005.
Others including to use 10% alternative fuels by 2017 and a 50% absolute reduction in emissions by 2050.
"We are already working to set an important fourth target: a date for carbo-neutral growth beyond which our emissions will not grow even as demand increases," he said.
Bisignani said aviation's emissions will fall by 8% this year, with some 6% of this is from the recession and 2% is directly related to IATA's four-pillar strategy.
He said one of the most exciting recent developments is the progress being made in sustainable next generation biofuels, where these have the potential to reduce carbon footprint by up to 80%.
"Three years ago nobody thought biofuels could be applied to aviation. four successful test flights in the last year prove that biofuels works. For the first time aviation could have a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels," he said.
Airlines did this work without government involvement but this could achieve much more, much faster, with a fiscal and legal framework to accelerate research and reward investment," he added.