Towards sustainable aviation
Description/achievement of initiative

As leaders of the aviation industry, we signed a Declaration in 2008 committing ourselves to action on climate change. Since then we have put forward a set of ambitious goals and implemented initiatives to meet them. We are delivering already on our short-term promises for fuel efficiency of 1.5% per annum improvement through to 2020 and are firmly on track to meet our longer term commitments.

Implementation methodologies

Now, we, the undersigned aviation industry companies and organisations, broaden our commitment to advancing and strengthening the interdependent pillars of sustainable development economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship at the local, national, regional and global levels. We will continue to:

provide an air transport sector that is a key socio-economic contributor to the world economy and catalyst for growth, building connectivity to enhance trade, tourism, personal opportunity and mobility to all people everywhere;

provide high value jobs, innovative partnerships with the communities we serve and investment in skills and training, whilst maintaining a high level of investment in research and development around the world; and

demonstrate environmental leadership by delivering on our goal to cap net aircraft carbon emissions from 2020 and work to achieve our ambitious goal of a 50% reduction in net carbon emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.


Air Transport Action Group, Airports Council International, Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, CFM International, Embraer, Honeywell Aerospace, GE Aviation, International Air Transport Association, International Coordinating Council for Aerospace Industries Associations, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce
Deliverable Date
Cap net aircraft carbon emissions 2020
50% reduction in net carbon emissions from aviation by 2050 compared to 2005 2050
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Coordinated activities across the global aviation sector will include purchase of new aircraft, investment in R&D and collaborative efforts to reduce emissions.

Paul Steele, Executive Director,

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