Muscat: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has welcomed progress by states towards a long-term aspirational goal (LTAG) of net-zero aviation carbon emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement’s temperature objectives.
This is noted in the summary of discussions for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) meeting held in preparation for the 41st ICAO Assembly later this year.
“The ICAO’s support of a long-term goal for states that is in line with the aviation sector’s net-zero by 2050 commitment is a step in the right direction. A formal agreement at the 41st ICAO Assembly would underpin a common approach by states to decarbonize aviation. That’s critical for the aviation industry. Knowing that government policies will support the same goal and timeline globally will enable the sector, especially its suppliers, to make the needed investments to decarbonize,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
In October 2021, IATA member airlines committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 through a combination of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), new propulsion technology, infrastructure, operational efficiencies, and carbon offsets/carbon capture to fill any gaps.
“Net-zero by 2050 will require a global transition for aviation to new fuels, technologies, and operations. The significant investments to get there will need a solid policy foundation aligned with a global way forward,” said Walsh.