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IATA putting the clamps on emissions to help address climate change

According to IATA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Vinoop Goel, who recently graced the APEC Transport Meeting held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, aviation is responsible for 2% of the global man-made emissions.

“We are working together with international agencies and other stakeholders to meet the goals of limiting emissions,” Goel announced.

The aviation industry is taking a closer look at emissions through the four pillars which includes;

  • Technology having new more efficient airplanes
  • Operations conducted in a more efficient manner like flying in a straight line and
  • Infrastructure through better designed airports
  • Market based measures.

“The net outcome of this has the CORSIA scheme. It will come into effect in a phase approach. The first is voluntarily,” he said.

Papua New Guinea has committed to be part of the CORSIA scheme with Air Niugini as an industry partner.

CEO Simon Foo explained that they are doing this in the name of travel.

“We are required to report by 2018 and we have to start accumulating information. From Air Niugini’s perspective, this is because we still have older generation of aircrafts. We have to comply,” Foo said.

Goel said that the business of aviation is a challenging one, with fuel being a significant part of an airline’s expenses.

“IATA is focusing on sustainable alternative fuels,” he said.

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