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Aviation and the Environment - University of Geneva

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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 70 participants from 31 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.

This course is offered as part of the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management Program. A related course is also scheduled at our IATA Training Centers.

Course format


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

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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.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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