June 8, 2009

Global Airlines Take Steps To A Greener Future

Airlines all over the world have agreed to attain carbon neutral expansion by 2020, said the leader of the global aviation body IATA on Monday.

"Demand will continue to increase, but any expansion of our carbon footprint will be compensated," Giovanni Bisignani announced to the yearly gathering of the International Air Transport Association in the Malaysian capital.

However, Bisignani noted that broad cooperation was desired from allied companies and governments.

"Air navigation service providers must make it possible to fly even more effectively. Fuel companies must supply eco-friendly fuels and governments must give us access to credits in global carbon markets," he said.

Aviation accounts for 2% of greenhouse gas pollution and that number is anticipated to increase.

Bisignani stated that using biofuels might decrease aviation's carbon footprint by 80%, but he disapproved of several governments for not investing in biofuels investigation.

Several governments and leading environmental groups are insisting that the sector comply and the U.N.'s aviation agency, ICAO, has been charged with creating a global sectoral method to combat the emissions from planes.

IATA endorses a four-pillar plan that covers investment in technology and proactive economic steps, like carbon trading, and hopes that emissions are handled on a global basis to develop a consistent playing field for all airlines.

The EU proclaimed that aviation emissions fall under the bloc's emissions trading plan from 2012, a choice that several airlines feel is ridiculous, as it comes with extra costs.

"We must account for emissions at a global level, not by state," said Bisignani. "Airlines should get carbon credits for every cent they pay whether in taxes, charges or emissions trading scheme payments. We should pay only once, not several times."

Bisignani added that for the most part aviation industries had committed to several goals, including the improvement of fuel efficiency by 1.5% each year until 2020.

"But we recognize that improved fuel efficiency is not enough. Our emissions must stop growing."

He also spoke negatively about several governments, specifically Britain, for taxing the airlines while contributing nothing to environmental investments.

Bisignani noted that Britain's Air Passenger Duty had their taxes raised to $4.3 billion.

"It is unacceptable that money collected from our responsible industry in the name of the environment is being used by an irresponsible government to pay inflated MP expense claims or bail out banks."


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