Global Summit explores air transport's sustainable future

Geneva, 27 September 2018 – Over 300 delegates are meeting in Geneva next week for the tenth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit, organised by the Air Transport Action Group. The Summit brings together industry sustainability experts along with governments and representatives of civil society to look at the role air transport can play in supporting economic growth and reducing environmental impacts.

Michael Gill, ATAG Executive Director, says: “With delegates attending from over 45 countries, the Summit is a perfect representation of the global nature of the aviation industry and goes to show that sustainability continues to be seen as a key priority in all parts of the world. This year’s Summit will re-visit some vital areas of action around climate change, whilst also exploring new areas of focus including: sustainable mobility; reducing plastic use on board and throughout the air transport system; the diversity of our workforce; how air transport industry players can help in times of disaster; empowering employees with sustainability decision-making; and the future according to millennials and today’s CEOs.”

The Global Sustainable Aviation Summit was the venue for the industry declaration on climate action in 2008, a plan of action which lead to the development of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a world-first mechanism for capping CO2 emissions growth from a single international sector and developed by the world’s governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

“The Global Sustainable Aviation Summit provides a real catalyst for collaborative action across the sector, on a wide variety of issues. Sustainable development is everyone’s business. But for an industry as reliant on coordinated teamwork as aviation, having a venue for experts from across the sector to meet and share ideas and experiences is truly invaluable. The Summit and peer-to-peer workshops facilitate this process.”