Greenair Online's reporting on ATAG's Global Sustainable Aviation Forum

May 30, 2019

Addressing aviation’s impact on climate change and meeting the challenge was a key theme at the industry's recent Global Sustainable Aviation Forum (GSAF) in Montreal. While attention remains focused on ICAO’s CORSIA offsetting scheme delivering carbon neutral growth from 2020, the industry’s long-term goal of halving net CO2 emissions by 2050 is coming under greater scrutiny since the UN IPCC’s recent report calling for greater action if the worst effects of climate change are to be avoided. “For a growing industry like air transport, halving emissions is a considerable challenge, particularly when you layer global politics on top of necessary climate action,” said ATAG Executive Director Michael Gill in an opening address to the Forum. “Fulfilling our climate obligations will be hard, but it is not a task which we can avoid. Indeed, we should be inspired by the challenge to engineer new technology aircraft and improve operational elements. We also need to accelerate work now to bring about a genuine energy transition in aviation, away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy sources.”

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