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Carbon reduction in the sky lanes

Published in 2017 July
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CORSIA maps the future

THE aviation sector has a strong track record for climate action. Historically, efficiency improvements in the aviation sector outperform the wider economy: since 1990, aviation efficiency has improved at almost twice the rate of the wider economy.

Taking a longer-term view, CO2 emissions efficiency per seat improved by 80 per cent since the 1950s In 2009, the aviation industry adopted a climate strategy. The sector’s strategy to tackle the climate challenge consists of 3 global goals and 4 pillars of climate action.

The three industry goals are:

1. Pre-2020 ambition: 1.5 per cent annual average fuel efficiency improvement from 2009 to 2020;

2. In line with the next UNFCCC commitment period, stabilise net aviation CO2 emissions at 2020 levels with carbon neutral growth;

3. On the 2°C pathway: reduce aviation’s net CO2 emissions to 50 per cent of what they were in 2005, by 2050.

The 4 pillars of climate action that will make it possible to achieve these goals are:

1. Technology, including sustainable alternative fuels

2. Operations

3. Infrastructure

4. A global market-based measure: CORSIA

The first 3 pillars are intended to achieve emissions reductions in the aviation sector thereby bringing it closer to achieving the three goals. The fourth pillar – a marketbased measure...

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