IATA urges governments to implement policies on use of sustainable aviation fuel
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has approved a resolution that urges governments to implement policies to expedite the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).
This resolution is a reaffirmation of the aviation industry’s commitment to work with governments in implementing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) global CO2 emissions agreement.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre Juniac said: “The CORSIA agreement is a vital part of our strategy on combating aviation emissions. We are committed to carbon neutral growth from 2020 and to cutting net emissions to halve 2005 levels by 2050.
“While offsetting is critical to managing emissions in the short-term, in the long-term, we rely on clean technology improvements to achieve our goals.
“Sustainable aviation fuels are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy but at the moment they are not being produced in enough quantity at a competitive cost.”
IATA’s newly approved resolution has also urged the governments to expedite the deployment of SAF by providing a suitable regulatory structure to accelerate the development of SAF production facilities.
It has urged the governments to support SAF demonstration plants, supply chain research and development, as well as help the industry with easier access to finance such as loan guarantees and capital grants.
IATA has also recommended to put SAF on an equal footing with automotive biofuels through equivalent public incentives.
In a separate development, the association has passed a resolution that will help accelerate the modernisation and transformation of the air cargo industry.
The resolution has also called for the air cargo industry to take a customer-centric approach to transformation in order to meet the evolving shipping needs.