Clear Skies: Reducing Aviation related carbon emissions

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Clear Skies: Reducing Aviation related carbon emissions (lincolnian on flickr)

The IATA has called for governments to agree on a global approach to the 2% carbon emissions the aviation industry creates. They also specified the need for government and industry to align in investing in new technology, more efficient operations, better infrastructure and positive economic measure.

The Aviation Value Chain agreed to 3 targets:

- 1.5% average annual improvement in fuel efficiency to 2020

- capping emissions with carbon neutral growth from 2020

- cutting net emissions in half by 2050

The most ambitious targets in the industry but aviation takes its responsibility seriously. But the IATA chief says the devil will be in the detail. Tony Tyler, director general and chief executive said the agreements must preserve fair competition within the industry. Mr Tyler specifically cited the need for more attention on the commercialisation of sustainable biofuels and improvements in air traffic management.

It seems government policies are holding the key, in that they need to get on board with biofuels, foster research and development, investment, agree to sustainability criteria and support the collaboration of supply chains. Finding a global agreement that everyone approves and adheres to will not be an easy task but in order to achieve market based measures, governments must find effective solutions across borders.

What do you think? Are there systems already in place that we could work from or is a totally new style of thinking needed? Let us know in the comments below.

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