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  • Aviation industry welcomes ICAO Conference outcome

  • 13 October 2017: Mexico City, 13 October 2017 - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) completed discussions today at its second Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels, where an ICAO Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels was agreed by government, aviation industry and civil society participants.

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  • Sustainability key to deployment of sustainable aviation fuels

  • 10 October 2017: Mexico City, 10 October 2017 – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will hold its second Conference on Alternative Aviation Fuels this week, bringing together experts from governments, industry and civil society to discuss the growing use of sustainable aviation fuel for commercial air transport.

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  • Countdown is on for aviation climate scheme

  • 03 October 2017: Geneva, 3 October 2017 - Aviation executives meeting at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva today were told that the countdown had begun for airline and governments to prepare for the carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation (CORSIA), which was agreed by governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 12 months ago.

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  • Aviation supporting the sustainable development goals

  • Geneva, 3 October 2017 – The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today released a new report at its Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, taking place in Geneva. Flying in Formation is a guide for the air transport industry to help understand the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in an aviation context.
     

    ATAG Executive Director, Michael Gill said: “We hope Flying in Formation will provide ideas for how companies and partners across the sector can build the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their own corporate strategies. Whilst the SDGs are developed by and for governments, there are a number of reasons why companies also need to respond.
     
    “Following the SDGs makes good business sense. Businesses thrive in societies with healthy, prosperous and stable populations, clear rules of engagement and open borders. Governments will also increasingly make legislation and regulations that follow the themes of the SDGs, particularly in emerging and developing economies. And the SDGs provide a very convenient template for a business to look at its own sustainability agenda.
     
    Gill said that companies do not need to initiate actions for all 17 SDGs when shaping their strategy, but they should at least consider them: “Whilst there are actions being undertaken across all 17 SDGs by partners in the industry, we certainly have a major global influence in seven of them and at least some influence in a further eight. The leadership role industry is showing on climate change should be used as a model for industry action in other areas. We are a unique sector that has the power to effectively transform the world through partnerships and collaboration.
     
    The report can be downloaded at www.aviationbenefits.org/SDGs. It looks at the importance of the SDGs, how aviation is already working to help deliver the SDGs already and some ideas for how air transport companies and governments can further that opportunity.
     
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  • Geneva to host global sustainable aviation summit

  • 02 October 2017: Geneva, 2 October 2017 – Over 300 delegates are meeting in Geneva this week for the ninth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, organised by the Air Transport Action Group. The Summit brings together industry sustainability experts with governments and civil society to look at the role air transport can play in supporting economic growth and reducing environmental impacts.

     

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  • States urged to volunteer for global aviation climate scheme

  • 31 May 2017: Leipzig, 31 May 2017 – Government representatives attending the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany are being urged to support the air transport industry with its plans to reduce the climate change impact from its operations.

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  • Historic aviation climate agreement reached at ICAO

  • 06 October 2016: Montreal, 06 October 2016 – The worldwide aviation industry has applauded a crucial climate agreement reached by governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) today. The negotiations, to put in place the world’s first carbon offsetting scheme for any global sector, have had the backing of the aviation industry, which first proposed the measure in 2009.

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  • Aviation industry urges governments to show climate leadership

  • 26 September 2016: Montreal, 26 September 2016 – Negotiations to complete the first global agreement on capping a single sector’s climate impact are due to resume in Montreal on Tuesday as the world’s governments meet for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) 39th Assembly. The Assembly, which takes place every three years, will focus heavily on finding agreement between governments to develop a carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation, to be known as the CORSIA.

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  • Momentum builds towards ICAO offsetting scheme for international aviation

  • 22 September 2016: Geneva, 22 September 2016 – The aviation industry welcomed declarations by Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates in the last few days that they intend to volunteer to participate in a global carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation (CORSIA), currently being negotiated at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The CORSIA is part of a ‘basket of measures’ which will help aviation reduce its climate impact and it has the full backing of the aviation industry.

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  • Momentum builds as alternative fuels jet off on more airlines

  • 19 September 2016: Geneva, 19 September 2016 – The use of sustainable alternative jet fuel was given yet another boost today as JetBlue announced its intention to start using this renewable energy source for flights from New York from 2019 in a decade-long off-take agreement. Deployment of this new fuel is a key part of aviation industry commitments to reduce its climate change impact.

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