WTTC Calls on ICAO Member States to Agree on Global Aviation Emissions Reduction Target


The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has called on all governments to urgently agree to an emissions reduction target for global aviation.

The call has been made ahead of the 41st Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that will bring together some 193 countries for talks on the future of aviation, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

As a result, the WTTC has called on all Member States to support the ‘Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)’ and agree to a proposed emissions reduction target called the ‘Long Term Aspirational Target’ (LTAG).

In addition, the WTTC emphasized that CORSIA and LTAG, linked to net zero by 2050 along with the Paris Climate Agreement, will be a critical next step in protecting the planet and maintaining global connectivity.

At the same time, President and CEO of WTTC, Julia Simpson, added that governments have a historic opportunity to sign a worldwide agreement for a net zero future for aviation.

“The aviation industry is fully committed to reducing its emissions. We need that same level of ambition by governments. We urge all ICAO Member States to endorse the aviation net zero targets and support a sustainable travel industry,” she pointed out in this regard.

As the global tourism organization explains, the 41st ICAO assembly will also be a decisive step towards a more sustainable sector and could be a global example as the only industry fully connected and committed to zero net actions across borders.

Meanwhile, in support of the governments and the sector to achieve a greener future, WTTC has launched the “Net Zero Roadmap for Travel and Tourism”, which is an ambitious guide for the sector in its battle against climate change.

This guidance aims to set targets for emissions reduction for every industry within the travel and tourism sector, including hotels, airlines, airports, cruise lines and tour operators.

Moreover, through a statement issued yesterday, September 27, Airports Council International, ACI Europe, announced that it joined the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation (AZEA).

Otherwise, AZEA is a voluntary initiative led by the European Commission that brings together aviation stakeholders to prepare the EU for hydrogen and electric flight.

“The Alliance will build on the findings of the industry-led Destination 20502 roadmap as regards the emission reduction potential of alternative propulsion technologies, notably hydrogen and electric powered aircraft,” the statement reads.

ACI Europe also aims to leverage investments and technological developments pursued through the EU’s aviation research programmes, including Clean Aviation and the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, and to coordinate efforts across the aviation ecosystem.

In particular, AZEA’s ambition is to address the regulatory and financial challenges involved to pave the way for the next generation of sustainable aircraft to come to market as commercially viable products.

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