The official IATA Publication has confirmed that the collective efforts made by the airlines and aircraft manufacturers have achieved a milestone. The International Air Transport Association is considered as the parent organization for the airlines. The agency also restricts airlines from certain limits that have global impacts. On December 12th, 2019, IATA published an article claiming that carbon emissions have been declined by up to 50% since 1990. The overall improvement is the result of the latest technology and efforts made by airlines and aircraft manufacturers. The latest tech and fuel-efficient aircraft which burn less fuel compared to similar variants previously have made this achievement unlocked.

Director-General and CEO. of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac said

“Cutting per passenger emissions in half is an amazing achievement of the technical expertise and innovation in the aviation industry. But we have even bigger ambitions. From 2020 we will cap net emissions. And by 2050 we will cut emissions to half 2005 levels. Accomplishing these targets means continued investment in new technology, sustainable fuels, and operational improvements,”

The industry has witnessed the investment of more than a trillion-dollar in the improvement of innovation and productivity of the new generation of the airliners since 2009. Moreover, 6 $ Billion dollars of investment was made in the sustainable aviation fuel industry. CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) will make sure of carbon-neutral growth on international flights from 2020 and increase it up to 40$ billion in terms of climate finance.

“Taxation aimed at stopping people from exercising their freedom to fly will make travel more expensive but do very little to reduce emissions. It is a politician’s feel-good solution, without taking responsibility for the negative impact it has on the economy or the mobility restrictions it imposes on people with lower incomes, Governments must focus their efforts correctly. Flying drives prosperity. It is not the enemy. Cutting carbon must at the forefront. And government leadership is needed to incentivize the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels, drive efficiencies in air traffic management and support research into next-generation low-carbon energy sources,” said de Juniac.

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