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US News Global airlines commit to "zero net CO2" by 2050

21:05  04 october  2021
21:05  04 october  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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at the IATA General Assembly, the Airline Association, the cumulative global loss was estimated at 51 $ 8 billion this year due to COVID-19. They will have to reach "zero net of CO2", a "bold" objective but also a "need".

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A major loss and a "bold" goal. While airlines around the world should wipe a cumulative loss of $ 51.8 billion this year due to Covid , they are committed to reach "zero net emissor of CO2" by 2050 to fight against global warming at the General Assembly of their association. This "bold" objective is also a "necessity", which will "ensure the freedom to fly future generations," argued by the Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Willie Walsh, facing the leaders of the sector. gathered in Boston.

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"An additional challenge"

IATA, which claims 290 member companies, representing 82% of global air traffic before the Pandemic of Covid-19, thus follows the step to the European air sector, which married the objectives of the Union. European in this area. "Numerous are those in this room, individually or as groups, which have already crossed this step," said Willie Walsh.

"For others, it will be an additional challenge at a very difficult time," the air sector has been very hard hit by the pandemic. "But we must all support this commitment and be determined to get there in time. This is what needs to be done. And together, it is possible," pleaded the Director General of IATA.

A proposal adopted by consensus

This new commitment comes 12 years after the IATA had presented a first airline CO2 reduction plan by 50% by 2050 compared to the 2005 level. Proof of The good faith of the companies, according to Willie Walsh, these have since invested "hundreds of billions of dollars in more fuel-efficient aircraft, and the average fleet consumption has fallen by more than 20% in a decade".

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The hardening of these objectives, the resolution on "zero net of CO2" by the middle of the 21st century, did not give rise to a vote, in accordance with the statutes of the IATA, but been adopted by consensus, No member company has lifted firm objection that would have blocked adoption. The process was nevertheless marked by comments from Chinese companies, which emphasized that the target of 2050 was not consistent with that adopted by the Beijing Government, which aims for its carbon neutrality in 2060.

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