Aviation industry pledges climate action during UN Summit

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By admin September 24, 2014 20:05

Aviation industry pledges climate action during UN Summit

The aviation industry has joined other business and government groups at the United Nations Climate Summit to announce a commitment on climate action between ICAO and the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). The partnership will expand on work already being undertaken across the air transport sector to reduce emissions.

The commitment says: “Air transport connects the world. It is a vital engine of global economic growth supporting over 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in gross domestic product. In order that all parts of the world are able to benefit from the rapid connectivity advantages of air transport, the sector has committed itself to a pathway of sustainable growth encompassing all areas of the commercial industry and governments working in partnership.”

Making the announcement, the Council President of ICAO, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, said: “Governments, working through ICAO, are working with determination and in league with industry to mitigate aviation-related emissions and help humanity meet the wider and very challenging global targets now before us. Working cooperatively, our sector is taking proactive and concrete actions which will continue improving air transport fuel efficiency and stabilize the sector’s net carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from 2020, consistent with our historically strong record in this regard while permitting air transport to continue to bring citizens, societies and businesses together, promoting peace and prosperity wherever aircraft fly.”

Michael Gill, Executive Director of ATAG said: “Today’s announcement builds on the collaborative action taking place across the commercial aviation sector. It is impressive to see all parts of the industry working with each other, and with partners in research, government and other sectors to deliver the climate actions we have committed to as an industry. Aviation is a force for good in the world, supporting economies, fostering tourism and allowing global cultural exchange. We believe that we can continue to deliver these benefits to the world whilst also addressing our climate impacts.”

The agreement was co-signed by Airports Council International, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), IATA, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations and International Business Aviation Council – representing the various components of the international air transport industry.

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