Bisignani in Copenhagen: Aviation is not looking for a free ride

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IATA director general Giovanni Bisignani today during a presentation at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen stressed aviation is the only industry participating in the event that has posted a favourable emission reduction track record.

Citing IATA's goal of a 50% net reduction in 2005 levels of carbon emissions by 2050, Bisignai says, "Let me be absolutely clear. Aviation is not looking for a free ride."

He stresses that to move forward in developing emissions reduction targets, "we need a global framework that preserves a level playing field. This should be developed through IACO as foreseen by the Kyoto protocol".

Bigsignani cites three key elements of any future UN climate change scheme: global aviation emissions being fully accounted for as a global industry sector, global coordination to ensure "we pay for our emissions once, not several times" and access to global carbon markets.

"On behalf of the entire industry, supporting 32 million jobs and US$3.5 trillion in economic activity, I call on governments in Copenhagen to give ICAO a clear mandate to report back by COP-16 [the 2010 climate change conference] with a global sectoral approach that will allow the aviation industry to deliver real results against concrete reduction targets," says Bisginani.