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Environmental Policy

Aviation is a catalyst for growth, a vital conduit for world trade and a major global employer. Nearly 57 million jobs and $2.2 trillion in global GDP are supported by aviation. With these benefits comes an impact on the environment.

In partnership with industry stakeholders and governments, IATA is focused on developing sensible environmental policies to enable and promote sustainable and eco-efficient air transport. IATA advocates that as a global industry, aviation requires global solutions developed through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

IATA’s Environment Committee (ENCOM) and its task forces provides environmental policy advice, ensuring airline views are represented at industry and government meetings and consultations.

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

Environmental Policy News

Taxation “Green” tax in Portugal
IATA estimates that the proposal to tax air passengers in Portugal will cost the Portuguese economy over 1,500 jobs (IATA Economic Brief), while delivering no environmental benefits.
IATA comments on the tax
Aug 06, 2014
Noise Nighttime restrictions at LAX
Los Angeles Airport wants to further restrict nighttime easterly departures. A voluntary agreement currently limits such departures, but allows exceptions for operational reasons. By prohibiting these exceptions, the airport’s proposal could result in thousands of passengers being denied boarding every year.
LAX Application for Approval of a Runway Use Restriction
Jul 30, 2014
Taxation Repeal of Australian Carbon Tax
The Australian carbon tax is repealed with effect from 1 July 2014 following the approval of the Government’s proposal by the Senate on July 17. The carbon tax applied to domestic air transport.
More information (Australian Government website)
Jul 21, 2014
Water New Canadian requirements on potable water
The Canadian Government has proposed new requirements on potable water on board aircraft. As written, the rules would also apply to foreign airlines. IATA is concerned that this will create conflict and overlap with similar rules imposed by other governments on their national airlines, possibly leading to redundant and impractical requirements for operators.
Proposed regulatory text
Jul 17, 2014
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