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On target for greener skies

By Simon McNamara

The aviation industry to reduce its resultant impact per cent per year until 2020.
has ambitious short-, on the environment through the From 2020, aviation will cap
medium- and long- best balance of social, economic, its net carbon emissions while
term targets that will operational and environmental continuing to grow to meet
work towards greener skies policies. the needs of passengers and
and a more sustainable future. economies. By 2050, the industry
These targets address aviation’s Numerous initiatives are helping has committed to reduce its net
impact on the environment the whole aviation industry work carbon footprint to 50 per cent
and, as an association with towards greener skies. below what it was in 2005 (source
members representing the ATAG).
entire spectrum of the aviation Reduced fuel usage and the
sector, the European Regions use of alternative fuels are both The aircraft operators have
Airline Association (ERA) is at key factors in lowering actual developed many operating
the forefront of enabling these emissions. procedures that minimise fuel
targets. ERA members take their usage, for example, single engine
environmental responsibilities The aviation industry agreed in taxing, reduced thrust take-offs or
very seriously and, as their 2008 to the world’s first set of continued descent approaches
representative body, ERA plays a sector-specific climate change where minimum power is used
key role in expert forums such as targets. The industry is already in the approach profile. The
the Council for Environmentally delivering on the first target — to reform of air traffic management,
Friendly Aviation (CEFA) which continue to improve fleet fuel
have a shared vision of more efficiency by one and a half Simon McNamara
sustainable aviation. ERA chairs
CEFA which is made up of
aviation-related associations
that coordinate industry policy
and promote activities to reduce
the sector’s carbon footprint,
improve air quality and minimise
noise pollution. ERA believes
that aviation environmental
responsibility is not just about
complying with relevant
legislation but about investigating
and investing in ways to build a
greener future for everyone.

Aviation plays an essential role,
both socially and economically,
in an increasingly global world.
It facilitates business, connects
cultures and communities,
promotes economic development
and drives trade and tourism.
Wherever possible, aviation works
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