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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
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
Noise Extension of night curfew at Ben Gurion Intl Airport (TLV)
The Municipality of Holon is challenging in court the Government’s decision to extend the curfew at Tel Aviv airport until 04:50 in summer and 05:20 in winter. The Municipality argues that the curfew should be extended until 05:50 year-round. IATA is greatly concerned by the adverse impact this would have on connectivity, operations and the local economy.
IATA comments on night flight restrictions at TLV (Sept 2013)
Sep 16, 2014
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
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