Stakeholder actions

Industry goals and actions on climate change

In 2008 the global stakeholder associations of the aviation industry (Airports Council International, Civil Air Navigation Services Organization, International Air Transport Association and International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations), under the umbrella of the Air Transport Action Group, committed to addressing the global challenge of climate change and adopted a set of ambitious targets to mitigate CO2 emissions from air transport:

  • A cap on net aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 (carbon-neutral growth)
  • A reduction in net aviation CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050, relative to 2005 levels
  • An average improvement in fuel efficiency (CO2 per Revenue Tonne Kilometre) of 1.5% per year from 2009 to 2020 (Figure 1.12).

To achieve these targets, all stakeholders agreed to work closely together along a four-pillar strategy:

  • Improved technology, including the deployment of sustainable low-carbon fuels
  • More efficient aircraft operations
  • Infrastructure improvements, including modernized air traffic management systems
  • A single global market-based measure, to fill the remaining emissions gap.