Press Releases

  • Global agreement on CO2 Standard for aircraft “a significant step”

  • 08 February 2016: GENEVA, 8 February 2016 – Governments, industry and environmental groups meeting at the United Nations specialised agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), have today finalised the design of the first global certification standard for CO2 emissions from new aircraft. The agreement on a rigorous and challenging ICAO “CO2 Standard”, is the result of six years’ work by a task force of experts from governments and observers and will apply to all new aircraft designs from 2020.

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  • Aviation CO2 emissions to be dealt with next year at ICAO

  • 12 December 2015: Paris, 12 December 2015 – At the conclusion of the COP21 Climate Talks in Paris, the aviation sector, represented by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) made the following statement:

    “The Paris Agreement provides an ambitious and far-reaching response by governments to dealing with climate change. This is a significant step forward for the world and will provide positive momentum for aviation market-based measure discussions taking place in the lead up to the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in September 2016.

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  • Air transport industry showcases climate action at COP21

  • 03 December 2015: Paris, 3 December 2015 – Transport was one of the main themes of the United Nations climate talks today in Paris, with delegates taking time from the negotiations to discuss the role transport can play in cutting CO2 emissions. Whilst the air transport industry has a separate forum where its emissions reduction plan is addressed – under the guidance of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – the COP21 climate talks provide a good opportunity to remind delegates from all over the world about the commitments of the global aviation industry.

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  • Powerful call for government partnership to deliver aviation industry’s climate goals

  • 30 September 2015: GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – A group of 28 aviation industry chief executive officers and association leaders has today sent an open letter to governments committing to climate action and calling for a joint approach to help deliver maximum CO2 emissions reductions in the aviation sector. In particular, the industry group urged action to approve a meaningful market-based measure for aviation emissions, expected to be agreed by governments at a meeting of the United Nations specialised aviation agency in one year’s time.

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  • ATAG welcomes GIFAS as an associate member

  • 29 September 2015: GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today welcomed as an associate member the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), the French aerospace industries association. GIFAS has more than 353 members who are active in all sectors of the aerospace industry including civil aircraft, helicopters, engines, satellites and launch systems, defence and security systems, equipment, subassemblies and associated software applications.

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  • New report showcases climate action in the aviation sector

  • 29 September 2015: GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – From solar power installations at a hundred airports around the world, to tablet computers for pilots, brand new aircraft designs and flights on fuel made with waste gas from steel plants, a new report released at the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit today shows the aviation industry has embarked on a systematic programme of energy efficiency to reduce its climate impact.

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  • Global Sustainable Aviation Summit to take off in Geneva

  • 28 September 2015: GENEVA, 28 September 2015 – Experts from the aviation industry, governments and environmental groups are in Geneva this week for a series of meetings on sustainable aviation development. The headline event is the Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, hosted by the industry-wide body, the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Climate change, the recent UN Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable alternative aviation fuels, new technologies, dealing with aircraft noise and emerging environmental issues – including finding ways to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife – are all on the agenda.

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  • Collaborative aviation climate action takes flight

  • 23 September 2014: NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – The aviation sector joined other business and government groups at the United Nations Climate Summit today to announce a commitment on climate action between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations specialized agency, and the aviation industry represented by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). This partnership expands on work already being undertaken across the air transport sector to reduce emissions from this important global industry.

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  • Connecting Denmark with the world, sustainably

  • 03 September 2014: Copenhagen – Aviation industry experts are gathering in Copenhagen this week as part of the city’s year of events marking its time as European Green Capital. A Green Aviation Day on Thursday will look at the many ways air transport partners are collaborating to reduce the impact of the aviation industry. As the industry celebrates 100 years of commercial operations, the event is fittingly being held in the old Vilhelm Lauritzen Terminal at Copenhagen Airport.

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  • Aviation’s important role in small island state economies

  • 31 August 2014: Geneva, 1 September 2014 – As leaders from small island states around the world gather in Samoa for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, a group representing the aviation industry today applauded the conference’s support for both sustainable tourism strategies and the development of sustainable transport systems in the small island states.

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