ICAO Assembly Must Adopt Long Term Aspirational Goal to Decarbonize Aviation says, IATA’s Boss Willie Walsh

(Doha) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) led by its boss experienced aviation guru -Willie Walsh has called for governments to adopt a Long Term Aspirational Goal to decarbonize aviation at the 41 st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) later this year.

This was at the 78 th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS) where airlines are mapping out the pathway to the industry’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C goal. “The decarbonization of the global economy will require investment across countries and across decades, particularly in the transition away from fossil fuels. Stability of policy matters. At the IATA AGM in October
2021, IATA member airlines took the monumental decision to commit to achieving net zero emissions by As we move from commitment to action, it is critical that the industry is supported by governments with policies that are focused on the same decarbonization goal,” Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director
General, stated .

“Achieving net zero emissions will be a huge challenge. The projected scale of the industry in 2050 will require the mitigation of 1.8 gigatons of carbon. Achieving that will require investments across the value chain running into the trillions of dollars. Investment at that magnitude must be supported by globally
consistent government policies that help deliver the decarbonization ambition, take into account differing levels of development, and do not distort competition,” said Walsh.

“I am optimistic that governments will support the industry’s ambition with an agreement on a Long Term Aspirational Goal at the upcoming ICAO Assembly. People want to see aviation decarbonize. They expect the industry and governments to be working together. The industry’s determination to achieve net zero by
2050 is firm. How would governments explain the failure to reach an agreement to their citizens?” said Walsh.

 78th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit now taking place in Doha, Qatar, 19-21 June 2022 and hosted by Qatar Airways has attracted some 1,000 aviation leaders from IATA member airlines, governments, industry stakeholders, strategic partners and members of the media are attending the event. 

Data from a recent IATA survey shows that improving the environmental impact of airlines is seen as a post-pandemic priority for passengers, with 73% of people polled wanting the aviation industry to focus on reducing its climate impact as it emerges from the COVID crisis. Two-thirds of people polled also believe
that taxing the industry will not achieve net zero faster and expressed concern about the money raised not being earmarked for decarbonization projects.

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