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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.

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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

Taxation Spanish Competition Authority releases report on Catalan NOx tax

On 9 April 2015, the Spanish Competition Authority released a report (link) in which it concludes that the NOx tax introduced by Catalonia distorts competition and is not justified by any positive impact on the local environment.

IATA webpage on Catalan NOx tax
Apr 10, 2015
Local environment Heathrow proposes to increase environmental charges
Heathrow has proposed to increase environmental charges (link). Among others, noise charges would be set in reference to the latest ICAO noise standard, even though the new standard is not set to apply before 2017. Heathrow also proposes to double NOx charges. The increases in environmental charges are to compensate for lower charges on short-haul flights.
IATA position papers on airport charges
Apr 08, 2015
Noise India: new requirements for airport noise management
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued new rules on noise management at airports (pdf). Airports will be required to carry out a noise mapping study and develop action plans to reduce noise from aircraft. The rules call for the development of noise abatement procedures, but also a system of monitoring permissible noise limits.
IATA position on noise management
Jan 09, 2015
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.
More information
Nov 19, 2014
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