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Environmental Policy

IATA is focused on developing smart policies

Aviation is a catalyst for growth, a vital conduit for world trade, and a major global employer. Nearly 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in global GDP are supported by aviation. With these benefits comes an impact on the environment.

IATA’s goal is to ensure proportionate and coherent environmental policies are implemented by governments around the world to support the sector’s sustainability and allow environmental improvements to be achieved in a cost-effective manner. IATA works on mitigating the environmental impacts of air transport both at global level and at local level:

Our policy action

Our action includes:

  • Supporting the development of environmental standards and recommended practices in ICAO
  • Working with airlines and other stakeholders to identify policies to mitigate the sector’s impact
  • Providing input to regulatory processes and international negotiations
  • Informing policy-makers and stakeholders about environmental solutions

IATA’s Environment Committee (ENCOM) advises IATA on environmental policies and strategy.

IATA has several programs to assist airlines in improving their environmental performance and is working on several initiatives on Cargo Sustainability. Additionally, IATA offers courses on aviation and the environment.

Environmental Policy News

Noise LAX: application for nighttime restrictions denied
The FAA rejected the application by LAX - Los Angeles World Airports to completely restrict nighttime easterly departures (decision). The airport notably failed to demonstrate the reasonableness of the restrictions and understated the impact on operators. A voluntary agreement currently limits such departures, but allows exceptions for operational reasons.
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Nov 19, 2014
Taxation Portugal: CO2 tax not supported by Government
The Portuguese Government did not support the proposal to introduce a CO2 tax on passengers departing Portuguese airports. The Government reminded that aviation's CO2 emissions are to be included in a global market-based measure.
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Oct 20, 2014
Climate change Collaborative aviation climate action plan
The aviation sector (represented by the Air Transport Action Group) joined other business and government groups at the UN Climate Summit in New York to announce a commitment on climate action between ICAO and the aviation industry. The Action Statement outlines the areas in which they will work in partnership to achieve the ultimate vision of a sustainable aviation sector.
ATAG webpage on the Climate Summit
Sep 24, 2014
Taxation "Green" tax in Portugal
The Portuguese Commission for Green Fiscal Reform has revised its CO2 tax proposal by, among others, increasing the amount to be levied from passengers travelling to non-EU airports to EUR 15. The new proposal disregards the negative impacts of the tax on the economy and fails to demonstrate how the tax would result in any reduction in CO2 emissions.
IATA comments on original proposal
Sep 17, 2014
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