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ERA – in a greener scheme

By Simon McNamara (pictured)                 targets address aviation’s impact on    (ERA) is at the forefront of enabling
                                             the environment and, as an association  these targets. ERA members take their
The aviation industry has                    with members representing the entire    environmental responsibilities very
            ambitious short-, medium-        spectrum of the aviation sector, the    seriously and, as their representative
            and long-term targets that will  European Regions Airline Association    body, ERA plays a key role in expert
            work towards greener skies                                               forums such as the Council for
and a more sustainable future. These                                                 Environmentally Friendly Aviation
                                                                                     (CEFA) which have a shared vision of
                                                                                     more 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 to reduce its resultant impact
                                                                                     on the environment through the
                                                                                     best balance of social, economic,
                                                                                     operational and environmental policies.

                                                                                     Numerous initiatives are helping the
                                                                                     whole aviation industry work towards
                                                                                     greener skies.

                                                                                     Reduced fuel usage and the use of
                                                                                     alternative fuels are both key factors in
                                                                                     lowering emissions.

                                                                                     In 2008 the aviation industry agreed
                                                                                     to the world’s first set of sector-
                                                                                     specific climate change targets. The
                                                                                     industry is already delivering on the
                                                                                     first target — to continue to improve
                                                                                     fleet fuel efficiency by one and a half
                                                                                     per cent each year until 2020. From
                                                                                     2020, aviation will cap its net carbon
                                                                                     emissions while continuing to grow
                                                                                     to meet the needs of passengers and

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