Working towards an environmentally sustainable future: are goals actually achievable?

Globally, consumers, communities, corporations, and governments are focusing more intently than ever on the need to arrest growth in carbon emissions and ways to transition to a net-zero future.

Following a dramatic 2021 IPCC report, and the 2021 COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, there has been more pressure than ever for industries to demonstrate decarbonisation strategies and outcomes.

The airline industry is a prominent target, despite generating a relatively small 2.5% to 3.5% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions – but it is a conspicuous target.

In 2016 ICAO, supported by IATA, established CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, which was arguably the first industry to target 2050 emission ceilings. As its name implies, the strategy combined reducing emissions, as well as offsetting them.

The industry now potentially faces interim 2030 targets as demands intensify to reduce emissions even faster. This will be an extreme challenge, as most of the anticipated technological solutions are not expected to occur until the 2030s and beyond.

In this session we hear from industry experts as they look to the future to determine when, and if, targets can be achieved.

  • What are the milestones that need to be met in the near term to reach those targets? 

  • What are the biggest challenges the industry faces as it works towards meeting those ambitions?

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Advisor, Joe Mohan   


  • American Airlines, Head of ESG,  Jill Blickstein 
  • Embraer, Head of Sustainability, Commercial Aviation, Henrique Heidemann  
  • Frontier Airlines, President & CEO, Barry Biffle
  • ICCT, Aviation Director, Dan Rutherford 

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