Airlines, Airports And The Environment: Can Airlines And Airports Continue To Project High Growth Unless There Are Substantial Breakthroughs In Alternative Fuels?
At institutional level IATA has played an important role in helping ICAO governments move towards a programme for emission reductions.
But developing alternatives to fossil fuels is one part of a long term sustainability strategy, which will take many years to bear fruit. Meanwhile there is no shortage of publicity moves by individual airlines and by airports, with varying long term utility.
Meanwhile tabloid opposition to airline and airport growth – especially in Europe – continues to mount. Even where greater operational efficiencies are achieved, the increase in carbon emissions will potentially outstrip non-aviation improvements.
And, while the future existence of airports and airlines is inextricably linked, there is only limited cooperation between them in seeking substantial emission reductions. (As for many ANS providers, cooperation would appear a bridge too far.)
- Will aviation growth hit a wall in 2020 unless alternative fuels are in prospect?
- What steps are available for coordinating airline and airport efforts?
- Why don’t they cooperate more actively?
- Are there effective options for significant emission reductions?
- Are airlines consistent in their operating requirements?
- Are airports consistent in their operating requirements?
- Where are improvements possible?
- Air China, VP & GM North America, Zhihang Chi
- daa, Head of Health, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Mary Kerins
- GE Global Growth Organization, European Government Affairs & Policy Leader, Aviation, Christian Haenen
- IATA, Director General & CEO, Tony Tyler