Airlines Commit to Cutting Carbon Emissions in Half By 2050

The International Air Transport Association creates ambitious environmental goals for the airline industry.

| October 2009 Web

  • The International Air Transport Association commits to going green.
    Photo By Zoagli/Courtesy Flickr

The airline industry made a green move when the International Air Transport Association (IATA) pledged to cut airlines’ carbon emissions in half by 2050.

With a roundtrip flight between New York and Los Angeles creating about three tons of CO2 per passenger, the industry’s move will greatly benefit the environment.

At the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) High Level Meeting in Montreal the airline industry committed to three environmental goals :

1) Improve fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5 percent annually by 2020

2) Stabilize emissions from 2020 with carbon-neutral growth

3) Reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050 (compared to 2005)

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