Giovanni Bisignani, IATA's Director General and CEO, said, “Two years ago we set a vision to achieve carbon-neutral growth on the way to a carbon-free future. Today we have taken a major step forward by committing to a global cap on our emissions in 2020. After this date, aviation’s emissions will not grow even as demand increases. Airlines are the first global industry to make such a bold commitment.”
The IATA has defined three goals for air transport:
- Fuel efficiency improvement of 1.5% average from 2009 to 2020;
- From 2020, carbon-neutral growth; and
- Absolute reductions in carbon emissions of 50% by 2050.