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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. IATA is also working on several initiatives on Cargo Sustainability.

Environmental Policy News

Noise New Regulation on operating restrictions adopted by EU
On 16 April, the European Parliament adopted a new Regulation on operating restrictions. The Regulation, which will enter into force in 2016, sets stronger safeguards to ensure local authorities respect ICAO’s policies on noise management.
IATA position on noise-related operating restrictions
Apr 16, 2014
Climate change Critical agreement on EU ETS adopted in European Parliament
The European Parliament adopted the agreement to exempt flights to/from third countries from EU ETS until 2016. This will allow all stakeholders to focus on the work that remains to be done in ICAO on a global MBM for aviation.
IATA position on CO2 emissions mitigation
Apr 03, 2014
Noise No night curfew at Brisbane airport
The Australian government decided against a night curfew at Brisbane. Brisbane airport benefits from a 10 times larger buffer between residential areas and the airport than other major Australian airports (more information). This highlights the essential role of land-use planning for managing aircraft noise.
IATA position on noise-related operating restrictions
Mar 31, 2014
Taxation Reform of the UK APD
The UK Government announced the Air Passenger Duty will be reduced for flights over 4000 miles (more information). In IATA’s view, by taking away funds from airlines, taxes and charges weaken the ability of the sector to dedicate resources to newer, cleaner equipment.
IATA position on taxation
Mar 28, 2014
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