3 JUNE 2019


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Article from BTNews 3 JUNE 2019

IATA fights climate change

After two days of discussions and briefings the IATA AGM in Seoul wound up yesterday (Sunday 2 June 2019) with Lufthansa’s CEO Carsten Spohr taking on the role of chairman for the next 12 months from Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker.  It was announced that the 2020 gathering would take place in Amsterdam 22/23 June.

To complete this year's event the assembly unanimously-passed an AGM resolution calling on Governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  CORSIA is the first global carbon pricing instrument for an industry sector. It will cap net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels (carbon-neutral growth, or CNG).

The AGM looked beyond CORSIA to the next climate action commitment—cutting net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. Airlines were urged to implement all available fuel efficiency measures and to participate fully in a long-term switchover to sustainable aviation fuels. These are key to achieving the industry’s 2050 commitment. A detailed release and full text of the resolution are available on the IATA website.

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Barry Graham, Washington, DC

This assumes that climate change is man made, which it isn't.