Global Aviation Sector Aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2050
The global aviation sector is committed to being completely carbon neutral by 2050. Companies have adopted a resolution on this at the annual meeting of the international trade association IATA.
With this move, the sector is responding to increasing pressure from governments and environmental organizations, although there would still be a lot of resistance from Chinese airlines.
Years ago, the hundreds of airlines affiliated with IATA had already pledged to halve their CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2050 compared to 2005 levels. But critics say that commitment was not enough. With the new resolution, the industry now also supports the aim of the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
IATA chief executive Willie Walsh acknowledged at the meeting that the new committee would be “an additional challenge at a challenging time”, but he called for unity within the industry. “For aviation, net-zero is a bold bet. But it is also a necessity,” he said.