Aviation groups publish road map for meeting emissions goals


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Aviation groups publish road map for meeting emissions goals

6 March 2012

Sustainable Aviation, an alliance of leading UK aviation groups, today publishes a report explaining how the
aviation industry and government can accommodate significant
economic benefit from aviation in the period to
without a substantial rise in absolute CO

emissions. SA also sets out its support for a reduction in net

emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050.

The report comes against a background of rising a
viation demand, and the forthcoming publication of the UK
Government’s Sustainable Aviation Review. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double by 2050
and air freight activity, vital to the UK’s trade with emerging markets, is expected to increase
more than seven

The report calls the aviation industry and government to take the following steps to ensure the emissions
goals are met while satisfying rising demand for air travel:

Provide research and development support for new generation airc
raft and engine technology. The
UK's leading position in the aerospace industry means that the UK Government can exert strong
influence over global aviation’s carbon emissions by providing additional support for research and
development here in the UK.

mprove air traffic management. Our report explains that the industry can take several simple steps to
minimise emissions: using mains power, instead of aircraft engines, as generators, running engines
less during taxiing, optimising the flight path and cru
ising altitude, devising steady patterns of descent,
and reducing the need for aircraft to circle in the air before they land will all help reduce flights'
environmental impact.

Incentivise the production of sustainable fuels. Governments must provide
positive incentives, through
the provision of loans and guarantees that will attract private sector investment in biojet fuels to make
their development more economically viable.

Prioritise a global deal on carbon trading. Governments should prioritise r
eaching an agreement on a
global carbon emissions deal and make it happen.

Matt Gorman, BAA’s Director of Sustainability and the current Chair of Sustainable Aviation, said: “This report
shows that UK aviation can
support UK
economic growth to 2050 witho
ut a substantial increase in absolute


by implementing a series of measures. The industry also supports the international goal of
halving net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Achieving this will not only require the
continued co
mmitment and focus of the aviation industry itself but will also rely on action from governments.”


RLM Finsbury

Don Hunter /James Fearnley

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Notes to Editors:


Sustainable Aviation
is a unique alliance of the UK’s airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers
and air navigation service providers. Together, we have developed and are driving a long
term s
trategy to deliver cleaner, quieter,
smarter flying. Formed in 2005, the first alliance of its type in the world we report regularly on progress in reducing flyin
environmental effects. Our fully updated CO2 Road Map provides an expert focus on carbon d
ioxide emissions and is a key thread
in this reporting.

For a full list of SA Members, see


Sustainable Aviation supports a glo
bal agreement on aviation emissions with the goal of securing a 50% reduction in global
aviation’s net CO
emissions by 2050 relative to 2005, as agreed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports
Council International (ACI), International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries (ICCAIA) and the Civil Air Navigation

Services Organisatio


Based on the Department for Transport passenger growth forecasts [DfT, 2011].