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BIOFUELS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS ON THE AGENDA AT AVIATION SUMMIT
AviationТs commitment to the United NationsТ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and biofuels, which could account for 25% of all jet fuel by 2050, were just a few of the topics discussed during todayТs opening sessions of the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva.
The scene for the day at the annual Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) organised summit was set by ICAO president, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, who praised aviationТs commitment to the environment and the success the industry has achieved in persuading the worldТs government to join the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for international aviation (CORSIA) from its outset in 2021.
To date 72 countries representing 90% of the worldТs international flights have agreed to join the initiative, which he admitted had Уexceeded our expectations.Ф
"CORSIA isnТt just important for the aviation industry, it is important for the planet,Ф Aliu told delegates.
ATAGТs executive director, Michael Gill, said that the countdown had begun for airlines and governments to prepare for CORSIA, which was agreed by governments meeting at ICAO 12 months ago.
The CORSIA is designed to offset the growth in carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation after 2020.
УAirlines included in CORSIA will need to offset their emissions from 1 January 2021, but the scheme comes into effect before then, with compliance needing to begin as early as one year from now,Ф said Gill.
УNot enough airlines and governments are aware that there are two parts of the CORSIA: the monitoring of emissions; and the offsetting.
He went on: УWe are very pleased to see 72 States now volunteering to join CORSIA from the beginning. This means over 80% of the growth in aviation CO2 after 2020 will be offset.
УWe repeat our call to all other governments to volunteer - letТs try and get as many of the 191 ICAO member states on board as possible. It is a vital part of the international communityТs commitment to climate action and will make the CORSIA even more effective.Ф
He also took the opportunity to highlight ATAGТs newly released report, Flying in Formation, which he described as a guide for the air transport industry to help understand the United NationsТ Sustainable Development Goals in an aviation context.
УFollowing the SDGs makes good business sense. Businesses thrive in societies with healthy, prosperous and stable populations, clear rules of engagement and open borders.
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The report can be downloaded at www.aviationbenefits.org/SDGs. It looks at the importance of the SDGs, how aviation is already working to help deliver the SDGs already and some ideas for how air transport companies and governments can further that opportunity.
УOur goals are to achieve carbon neutrality in the middle of this century and the biggest challenge to us achieving this is time, as we no longer have the luxury of thinking that climate change is something we can deal with tomorrow," said Sarmad.
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УNASA recently reported that the first half of 2017 was the hottest year on record. The previous hottest year was 2016. This is unacceptable and we must do something about it now.Ф
He stated that working in partnerships with all stakeholders was the way forward in terms of finding solutions and said that the industry Уneeded to raise its level of ambitionФ to combat climate change.
Biofuels came under the microscope in a session called СTaking alternative energy to new heightsТ, in which IAGТs group head of sustainability, Jonathan Counsell, stated that biofuels would account for 25% of jet fuel by 2025.
He noted that IAGТs commitment to the cause recently led to it unveiling plans to open a biofuel plant in the UK in partnership with Velocys, but noted that the airline group would not and could not pay a premium for the fuel.
The panel also included San Francisco International AirportТs chief administration and policy officer, Julian Potter, and Geneva Airport CEO, André Schneider, who outlined their biofuel ambitions for their respective gateways.
The total includes 35 airports that are carbon neutral, and such has been the success of the programme that ACI Europe has now doubled its carbon neutrality target and is committed to achieving 100 carbon neutral airports by 2030.
»сточник информации: Airport World
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