Aviation and the Environment - University of Geneva

Did you know that in the past 3 years, 100 participants from 32 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Understand aviation environmental challenges and responses by drawing on best practices developed within the industry. Top IATA experts will impart their knowledge on specialized subjects. Watch the video below to learn more about the course from our instructor.

This course is offered as part of the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management Program.

Course code: TALF-61

Course format


  • Recommended pre-reading of general media and industry reports covering major environmental debates
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

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Aviation and the Environment - University of Geneva

Switzerland, Geneva (UoG-AV-Virtual)
25 - 29 October, 2021
All prices are before tax. Class no: 140518 English
Dev. Nations
USD 2,500
USD 2,500
USD 2,500

For more information, please contact:

Leticia Saura Lanau
Program Coordinator, Executive Education
Bureau Uni Pignon 604
42 bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH - 1211 Genève 4

Email: aviation-gsem@unige.ch

Tel: +41 22 379 89 75

You can also apply online at least two weeks prior to the course start.

IATA - University of Geneva Advanced Studies in Aviation Management application form

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What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify key factors for a sustainable aviation industry
  • Understand aviation’s contribution to climate change, noise, emissions, local air quality, land use planning and management of water and waste
  • Assess the various measures that are being implemented to minimize environmental impacts through technological, operational and infrastructure improvements, as well as regulatory and economic initiatives
  • Understand the negotiation rules and practices that lead to the identification of the most suitable solutions and communication tools at the local, national and international level

Course content

  • Context of the environmental debate in aviation
  • Contribution of aviation to climate change and global warming, and the measures being taken to combat these changes
  • Four Pillars Strategy to combat negative impact on the environment
  • European Emission Trading Scheme and the positions taken by governments, airlines, and other organizations
  • Outcomes of significant environment meetings
    • ICAO high Level meeting on climate change (7-9 October 2009)
    • Climate Summit in Copenhagen
    • Post-Kyoto framework
    • Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Mexico (Nov - Dec 2010)
  • A balanced approach to noise and airport local air quality issues
  • Considering environmental, economics and social issues together
  • Good communication with surrounding communities

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Corporate and executive staff from airlines and airports
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Ground Operations Service Providers
  • Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and other operational staff
  • Representatives of aviation business

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Participants enrolled in the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management will benefit from receiving an academic diploma from both University of Geneva and IATA.

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