he last decade was the worst in thefinancial history of aviation. Despite that,the aviation industry has made greatprogress on its top priorities. Over the same period, safety improved as we cut theaccident rate by more than one- third. We completelyre-vamped security in response to new risks that cameto light after the tragic events of 2001. And weaddressed noise - the main environment problem a decade ago - with a global commitment to phasing out the noisiest aircraft and setting globalstandards for new aircraft entering the fleet. As anindustry working in cooperation withgovernments, aviation has a proven trackrecord of setting targets and delivering results. Today the environment challenge is climate change.Aviation contributes two per cent of manmade carbonemissions. In 2009 that was 625 million tonnes ofCO2. As an environmentally responsible industry, weare determined to reduce this. The solution starts with global leadership. Aviation is aglobal industry. Climate change is a global problem.The only effective approach must also be global.IATA stepped up to the plate with global leadership. Werepresent 230 airlines comprising 93 per cent ofscheduled international traffic. The first step was tobuild a common position among our members. In June2007, at our Annual General Meeting, I personallyannounced a vision for aviation to achieve carbon-neutral growth on the way to a carbon-free future.Many were shocked. Some thought that I was crazy.Fortunately, in this forward-thinking industry, manymore understood the need for a long-term andambitious agenda.AN INDUSTRY STRATEGY DELIVERINGRESULTSTo achieve this vision we agreed a four-pillar strategy of:. investments in technology;. more efficient infrastructure;. more effective operations;. a global approach for positive economic measures.Airlines, airports, air navigation service providers andmanufacturers came on board with the strategy andvision. Working together we are delivering results.Airlines are investing US$1.3 trillion in newaircraft to be delivered by 2020, andAVIATION ARRIVES IN CANCÚN WITH ITS HOMEWORK DONE072AVIATIONGIOVANNI BISIGNANI, DIRECTOR GENERAL AND CEO, INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA)T
" "THE SOLUTIONSTARTS WITHGLOBAL LEADERSHIP. AVIATION IS AGLOBAL INDUSTRY.CLIMATE CHANGEIS A GLOBAL PROBLEM. THEONLY EFFECTIVEAPPROACH MUSTALSO BE GLOBALAVIATION073each will be 15-20 per cent more fuel-efficient thanthe aircraft they replace. Since 2004, IATA has workedwith governments and air navigation service providersto shorten some 2,000 routes. We collected industrybest practice on fuel management. And then weworked with airlines to implement the best practicesachieving fuel efficiency gains averaging five per centand in some cases reaching 14 per cent. Combined,these efforts have saved at least 76 million tonnes ofCO2 since 2004.AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENTWe could do much more if governments were morecommitted. For decades, we have called on Europeangovernments to manage their airspace with a SingleEuropean Sky. This alone would cut aviation's emissionsby 16 million tonnes each year. The lack of political willto move this forward is a costly disappointment forairlines and the environment. There are similar missedopportunities in other parts of the world. These includethe long-awaited NextGen air traffic managementsystem in the US and the need for a more efficient wayof handling air traffic in China's Pearl River Delta.One of the most promising possibilities to achieveemission reductions is with sustainable biofuels.Sustainable biofuels made from jatropha, camelina oralgae have the potential to reduce aviation's carbonfootprint by up to 80 per cent. In 2007 this was adream. Today sustainable biofuels are a tested realitywith certification expected in a matter of months. Thechallenge will be commercialisation. Airlines will use66 billion gallons of fuel this year, and by 2020, wewant six per cent of this to be sustainable biofuels.Governments must now set the legal and fiscalframework to make it happen.A ROLE MODEL WITH TARGETSA strategy cannot deliver long-term results withouttargets. The aviation industry took the bold step to setthree sequential targets on climate change, agreeing to:. improve fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5 per centannually to 2020;. cap net emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutralgrowth, and. cut our net emissions in half by 2050 compared to2005. No other industrial sector has set similar global targets.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commendedthe aviation industry as a role model for other industries.GOVERNMENTSThe responsibility for dealing with aviation'sinternational emissions rests with the InternationalCivil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), in coordination withthe United Nations Framework Convention on ClimateChange (UNFCC). Unlike ground-based industries,aviation emits carbon across borders and over the highseas. It can only be managed with a global approach.This was determined in the Kyoto protocol andconfirmed by Christiana Figueres, Executive Directorof the UNFCCC.On 8 October 2010, ICAO achieved an historicresolution. ICAO's 190 member states agreed that theindustry should improve fuel efficiency by two per centannually to 2050 and to develop a global frameworkfor economic measures. It also achieved an agreementon the industry's target of capping emissions from2020. This resolution is inclusive and mindful of thediffering needs of developed and developing nations.This is the first and only global agreement bygovernments to manage the emissions of an industrialsector. By working together, I am confident that we canachieve its goals. Even the two per cent annual fuelefficiency improvement is possible, if governmentscome to the table with air traffic management solutions(like the Single European Sky) to bridge the 0.5 percent gap with the industry's fuel efficiency target. Aviation will arrive in at the UNFCCC meetings inCancún, Mexico, with its homework done. With ICAOwe will present our impressive progress to date and thefuture targets that we have set. And we will have fourclear messages for governments:. Support emissions reductions with improvements inair traffic management.. Keep focused on a global approach: reject ineffectiveregional schemes and concentrate on developing aglobal framework for economic measures under ICAO.. Do not use the industry as a cash cow. Airlines areoperating on a fragile margin of only 1.6 per cent, yetsupport US$3.5 trillion of economic activity. Promote this sector's achievements as a role modelfor othersAviation supports 32 million jobs. To sustain theimportant role that we play in driving the globaleconomy, aviation has committed to the mostaggressive global environment agenda of any globalindustrial sector. We look forward to working withgovernments, under the leadership of ICAO and incoordination with the UNFCCC to remain at theforefront of environmental responsibility. nABOUT THE AUTHORGiovanni Bisignani joined the International AirTransport Association as Director General & CEO inJune 2002. Since that time Mr Bisignani hascompletely re-shaped and re-focused the organisationto better serve its global membership, with a missionto represent and lead the air transport industry IATA isthe global association of the world's internationalairlines. Its 230 members comprise 93 per cent ofschedules in international air traffic.