Air transport connects the world. It is a vital engine of global economic growth supporting over 58 million jobs and $2.4 trillion in gross domestic product. Air transport is also a large emitting sector since it accounts for roughly 2% of GHG emissions.
In order to enable the world to benefit from the rapid connectivity advantages of air transport, the sector has committed itself to a pathway of sustainable growth encompassing all areas of the commercial industry and governments working in partnership through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
ICAO's 191 Members States, and the aviation industry, represented through the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) - representing over 1.860 airports, 258 international airlines, 80 air traffic management organizations - are jointly taking proactive and concrete actions to achieve common goals to further improve air transport fuel efficiency and stabilize the sector's net CO2 emissions from 2020.
Additional work under ICAO will be undertaken to explore the sector's long-term global goal, recognizing the aviation industry's existing goal to halve net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Furthermore ATAG members are implementing programmes and committing billions in resources on new aircraft, operational efficiency in the air and on the ground, alternative energy, and more in order to meet their industry's emissions reduction goals.
To achieve these ambitious sectoral goals, ICAO and ATAG are stepping up efforts with further commitment and partnership to achieve the ultimate vision of a sustainable international aviation sector by:
- Supporting the development of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation;
- Continuing the deployment of new technology aircraft and operational improvements;
- Accelerating the transformation of global air traffic management performance;
- Working with partners to develop a global CO2 standard for new aircraft;
- Working with partners to design and implement a global market-based measure for international aviation;
- Working together to further efforts for capacity building in Member States across the world.
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