IATA directs global airline industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – Nairametrics
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has approved a resolution to bring the global airline industry to zero carbon emissions by 2050.
This commitment will align with the objective of the Paris Agreement to ensure that global warming does not exceed 1.5 ° C.
This was disclosed by IATA via a statement released on Monday and seen by Nairametrics.
What IATA Says About Net Zero Carbon Emissions
Willie Walsh, Managing Director of IATA, said: “Airlines around the world have made a momentous decision to ensure that flights are sustainable. Post-COVID-19 reconnection will be on a clear path to net zero. This will ensure the freedom of future generations to explore, learn, trade, create markets, appreciate cultures and connect with people around the world in a sustainable way.
“With the collective efforts of the entire value chain and supporting government policies, aviation will reach zero net emissions by 2050.
“Achieving net zero emissions will be a huge challenge. The aviation industry must gradually reduce its emissions while meeting the growing demand of a world eager to fly.
“In order to meet the needs of the ten billion people who are expected to fly in 2050, at least 1.8 gigatons of carbon must be reduced that year. In addition, the net zero commitment implies that a cumulative total of 21.2 gigatonnes of carbon will be reduced by 2050. ”
What does that mean
A key immediate enabler is the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Program for International Aviation (CORSIA). This will stabilize international emissions at 2019 levels in the short to medium term. This support was reaffirmed in today’s resolution.
How it should work
IATA said the path from stabilizing emissions to reducing emissions will require a collective effort. All industry stakeholders, including governments, must each take individual responsibility for addressing the environmental impact of their policies, products and activities. And they must work together to provide sustainable connectivity and ultimately break aviation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
“Achieving sustainable global connectivity cannot be done on the backs of airlines alone. All parts of the aviation industry must work together within a supportive government policy framework to bring about the massive changes that are needed, including an energy transition. It is no different from what we see in other industries.
“Road transport sustainability efforts, for example, are not put forward by drivers who build electric vehicles. Governments are providing policies and financial incentives to infrastructure providers, manufacturers and car owners so that they can collectively make the changes necessary for a sustainable future. The same should apply to aviation ”, Walsh added.