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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 77th Annual General Meeting approved a global air transport industry resolution to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This commitment will align with the Paris Agreement goal for global warming not to exceed 1.5°C.
“The world’s airlines have taken a momentous decision to ensure that flying is sustainable. The post-COVID-19 re-connect will be on a clear path towards net zero. That will ensure the freedom of future generations to sustainably explore, learn, trade, build markets, appreciate cultures and connect with people the world over. With the collective efforts of the entire value chain and supportive government policies, aviation will achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
IATA’s new plan is to decrease as much CO2 as possible by developing in-sector solutions such as sustainable aviation fuels, new aircraft technology, and more efficient operations and infrastructure. It is also putting its hopes on new propulsion systems. The projected scale of the industry in 2050 will require the mitigation of 1.8 gigatons of carbon.