Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released today remarks by Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani to the Second Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport (MEET2).

Bisignani urged the attending governments to recognize and support the commitments of IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in driving aviation’s responsible approach to climate change.

Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers and manufacturers are committed to work together to deliver on three tough targets:

  • Improving fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% annually to 2020
  • Capping net emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth, and
  • Cutting net emissions in half by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.

“Aviation is at the forefront of industries taking a responsible approach on climate change. In 2009, aviation emitted 625 million tonnes of carbon—equal to 2% of manmade CO2. We are working together to reduce that with the cooperation of governments,” said Bisignani.

Bisignani also congratulated governments on their historic agreement at ICAO. “At last month’s ICAO Assembly 190 governments agreed to work with industry to improve fuel efficiency by 2% annually, cap emissions from 2020 and develop a global framework for economic measures. This is the first and only agreement by governments to manage the emissions of an industrial sector. Governments must now take a stake in delivering emissions reductions. This means working with industry to provide the tools, including air traffic management reform, to achieve their goals,” said Bisignani.

Bisignani congratulated Altero Matteoli, Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transport on his leadership in hosting the conference at such a critical time.“This was a unique opportunity for the air transport industry to remind governments of the industry’s proactive approach to reducing its emissions, just one month after the ICAO Assembly and one month before the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change meets in Cancun.”

“Aviation will arrive in Cancun with its homework done, under the leadership of ICAO. Moreover, we will be asking governments to address four key challenges: (1) support the industry’s targets with improvements in air traffic management and the legal and fiscal structures needed for the commercialization of sustainable biofuels, (2) keep focused on developing a global framework for economic measures and reject ineffective regional schemes, (3) take advantage of aviation’s role as an economic catalyst rather than using the industry as a cash cow source of funding and (4) promote aviation’s achievements as a role model for others to follow,” said Bisignani.

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Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.
  • The second Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport (MEET) opens Monday November 8 in Rome, in the presence of 25 countries representing five continents. Part of the G8 and G20 process, the MEET is considered an important forum, and will bring together the leaders of international organizations operating in transport and environment, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in addition to financial institutions, including the World Bank.
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