21-Aug-2009 10:37 AM

IATA calls for global approach for aviation & climate change

IATA Director General and CEO, Giovanni Bisignani, stated the Copenhagen process presents a "unique opportunity" for close cooperation between industry and government to address the climate change impact of aviation (The Australian, 20-Aug-2009). He called on governments to adopt a global approach based on the following principles when they discuss the inclusion of aviation CO2 emissions in the broader Copenhagen framework:

  • Aviation CO2 emissions should be addressed through a global sectoral approach, accounting for emissions at a global level, not at regional or national level;
  • The aviation industry should be held accountable (and pay) for its emissions just once, whether from international or domestic activities;
  • Aviation should have unrestricted access to carbon market instruments to meet its obligations, on a par with other sectors.