Airlines pledge to go green but it will cost you

BRITISH Airways chief executive, Willie Walsh (right), has presented IATA’s proposals for reducing the aviation industry’s greenhouse gas emissions to the UN Secretary General’s Summit on Climate Change in New York.

The three main targets given were to improve carbon efficiency with a 1.5 per cent average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020; stabilising emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020; and emissions reductions with a 50 per cent absolute cut in emissions by 2050 compared to 2005.

Walsh said: “International aviation emissions were not included in the Kyoto protocol 12 years ago. Our proposals represent the most environmentally effective and practical means of reducing aviation’s carbon impact. They are the best option for the planet and we urge the UN to adopt them.”

“Our targets are tough,” said Giovanni Bisignani. “But our four-pillar strategy of technology investment, efficient infrastructure, effective operations and positive economic measures, will make our vision a reality and is already showing results.”

All very well, but under the proposals airlines would opt out of the EU emissions trading scheme and instead buy CO2 permits on a global market. This would transfer the costs – estimated to be US$4.8 billion per year – from the airlines in taxes to their customers.

Meanwhile, the standards organisation – BSi – has launched a new GHG emissions verification service for the industry, which helps the operators keep track of their emissions but also help them trade credits for profit.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest news

ANA joins the cargo.one digital booking platform

By Damian Brett

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has joined the cargo.one air cargo booking platform as it continues its digital drive. ANA said…

Read More

Share this story

Turkish logistics firm Fevzi Gandur passes GDP audits

By Damian Brett

Turkey-based Fevzi Gandur Logistics has been awarded Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification at two of its facilities. In order to…

Read More

Share this story

IATA and IPC team up on e-commerce shipments

By Damian Brett

IATA and the International Post Corporation (IPC) will step up their efforts to promote the development and expansion of safe,…

Read More

Share this story