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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 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The Australian carbon tax is repealed with effect from 1 July 2014 following the approval of the Government’s proposal by the Senate on July 17.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
Noise Night flying restrictions at London airports
The UK DfT published its decision on the regime which will apply to night flights at the main London airports for the next three years. In view of the ongoing work of the Airports Commission, no major changes to the current rules are introduced. In particular, existing limits on the number of movements are maintained for the time being.
UK DfT Decision of 15 July 2014
Jul 15, 2014
Taxation Proposal for an environmental tax on air passengers in Portugal
A Governmental Commission in Portugal has proposed to tax airline passengers on environmental grounds (link). While the Commission projects that the tax will raise up to EUR 40 mln in fiscal revenues, the environmental benefits of the tax are highly questionable and remain to be demonstrated.
Taxation of air transport
Jul 14, 2014
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