Aviation groups publish road map for meeting emissions goals
6 March 2012
Sustainable Aviation, an alliance of leading UK aviation groups, today publishes a report explaining how the
aviation industry and government can accommodate significant economic benefit from aviation in the period to
2050 without a substantial rise in absolute CO2 emissions. SA also sets out its support for a reduction in net
CO2 emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050.
The report comes against a background of rising aviation demand, and the forthcoming publication of the UK
Government’s Sustainable Aviation Review. Passenger numbers are expected to more than double by 2050
and air freight activity, vital to the UK’s trade with emerging markets, is expected to increase more than seven
The report calls the aviation industry and government to take the following steps to ensure the emissions
goals are met while satisfying rising demand for air travel:
Provide research and development support for new generation aircraft and engine technology. The
UK's leading position in the aerospace industry means that the UK Government can exert strong
influence over global aviation’s carbon emissions by providing additional support for research and
development here in the UK.
Improve air traffic management. Our report explains that the industry can take several simple steps to
minimise emissions: using mains power, instead of aircraft engines, as generators, running engines
less during taxiing, optimising the flight path and cruising altitude, devising steady patterns of descent,
and reducing the need for aircraft to circle in the air before they land will all help reduce flights'
Incentivise the production of sustainable fuels. Governments must provide positive incentives, through
the provision of loans and guarantees that will attract private sector investment in biojet fuels to make
their development more economically viable.
Prioritise a global deal on carbon trading. Governments should prioritise reaching an agreement on a
global carbon emissions deal and make it happen.
Matt Gorman, BAA’s Director of Sustainability and the current Chair of Sustainable Aviation, said: “This report
shows that UK aviation can support UK economic growth to 2050 without a substantial increase in absolute
CO2 emissions by implementing a series of measures. The industry also supports the international goal of
halving net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Achieving this will not only require the
continued commitment and focus of the aviation industry itself but will also rely on action from governments.”
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Notes to Editors:
1. Sustainable Aviation (www.sustainableaviation.org.uk) is a unique alliance of the UK’s airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers
and air navigation service providers. Together, we have developed and are driving a long-term strategy to deliver cleaner, quieter,
smarter flying. Formed in 2005, the first alliance of its type in the world we report regularly on progress in reducing flying’s
environmental effects. Our fully updated CO2 Road Map provides an expert focus on carbon dioxide emissions and is a key thread
in this reporting. For a full list of SA Members, see http://www.sustainableaviation.co.uk/about/signatories/.
2. Sustainable Aviation supports a global agreement on aviation emissions with the goal of securing a 50% reduction in global
aviation’s net CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005, as agreed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports
Council International (ACI), International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries (ICCAIA) and the Civil Air Navigation
3. Based on the Department for Transport passenger growth forecasts [DfT, 2011].