usiness aviation's global CO2 emissionsconstitute only 2 per cent of all aviationcarbon emissions, but we recognise thatwe still have an important role to play inmitigating our environmental impact. Therefore wehave developed clear commitments, measures andrecommendations to fulfil our role.Here is something you probably know: businessaviation's very model is dependent on highperformance. Here is something you may not know: highperformance is best delivered through fuel efficiency.And fuel efficiency contributes significantly toreducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Businessaircraft have delivered a 40 per cent improvement infuel efficiency over the past 40 years. Again, the very raison d'être for business aviation isperformance and efficiency. Business aircraft areoperated for specific missions and fly direct routesbetween airports. As a complement to airline service,business aviation is an option for companies that needto fly between city pairs not served by airlines - whichin 2009 represented almost 70 per cent of businessaviation flights in Europe. In fact, the value of our sector was highlighted byEuropean officials in 2008 in a CommunicationFULLY COMMITTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP096AVIATIONBBRIAN HUMPHRIESCBE, PRESIDENT AND CEO, EUROPEAN BUSINESS AVIATION ASSOCIATION (EBAA)
AVIATION097Above: Business aviationis working hard on waysto reduce greenhouse gasemissionsentitled 'An Agenda for a Sustainable Future inGeneral and Business Aviation', in which the EuropeanCommission recognised our important role in providing"tailored, flexible, door-to-door transportation forindividuals, enterprises and local communities,increasing the mobility of people, productivity ofbusiness and regional cohesion."FULLY COMMITTEDThe global business aviation operating andmanufacturing communities have put together anaggressive strategy. Presented in the second-half of 2009 jointly by the General Aviation ManufacturersAssociation (GAMA) and the International BusinessAviation Council (IBAC), of which the EuropeanBusiness Aviation Association (EBAA) is a member, the programme is consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) proposal for global aviation sectoral management of targets andmonitoring of emissions. It includes a reduction in total carbon emissions of 50 per cent by 2050 relativeto 2005; an improvement in fuel efficiency of an average of 2 per cent per year from now until 2020; and carbon-neutral growth by 2020. We will achieve these objectives through expectedadvances in four areas: technology, infrastructure and operational improvements, alternative fuels, andmarket-based measures.?