Sunday, September 19, 2010

IATA Boss Speaks Out On Climate Change

Governmental Objectives 'Essential' in Time for UNCCC Meeting
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – In a speech last week Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO addressing the world’s governments, called for global support for IATA’s policy to achieve three key targets in the battle against climate change. Speaking in Geneva at the Aviation and Environment Summit sponsored by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), Mr Bisignani spoke for air freight and passenger carriers alike.

The global aviation industry has declared it wishes to achieve a 1.5% 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 achieve these targets, the aviation industry is also united on a four-pillar strategy: investing in new technology, more efficient infrastructure, more effective operations and positive economic measures.

Mr Bisignani emphasised the importance of a governmental agreement on international aviation emissions at the ICAO Assembly which opens on 28 September in Montreal. He insisted a global framework was essential so that discussions to progress could be initiated at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) in Cancun from the 29th November.

The IATA boss was critical of unilateral schemes to reduce emissions saying regional and national emissions trading schemes and taxes that take billions from the industry but do nothing to improve environmental performance and that developing countries were now taking concerted action to support the aviation industry’s stance.

Mr Bisignani’s speech can be read in full HERE.