Aviation sets benchmark on environmental performance

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New Delhi, Oct 22 (UNI) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has challenged governments to put aside politics and join industry in delivering real results to further improve air transport's good environmental performance.

The challenge was delivered by IATA's Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani at the World Air Transport Forum in Cannes which is focused on sustainable development.

''Airlines are leading the debate on environment with a vision to become carbon neutral in the medium-term and zero carbon emissions in the long-term. We are setting the benchmark on environmental performance for other industries to follow,'' said Mr Bisignani.

IATA's 240 member airlines agreed a four-pillar strategy on climate change: invest in new technology, build and use efficient infrastructure, operate planes effectively and consider positive economic measures while working with governments to define an emissions trading scheme that is fair, global and voluntary.

''The strategy is not just words. We have delivered real results,'' said Mr Bisignani.

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