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
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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