The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling on all governments to urgently agree an emissions reduction target for global aviation.
The WTTC’s call comes as ICAO welcomes 193 countries to its 41st Assembly in Montreal where they are meeting for talks on the future of aviation.
WTTC is urging all Member States to support the Carbon Offsetting & Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and agree on the proposed emissions reduction target called the ‘Long Term Aspirational Goal’ (LTAG).
And while the travel and tourism sector recognizes the challenges involved in the transition to sustainable aviation, WTTC believes CORSIA and the LTAG, aligned with net zero by 2050 and the Paris Climate Agreement, will be a critical next step for protecting the planet and maintaining global connectivity.
Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Governments have an historic opportunity to sign a world-wide agreement on a net zero future for aviation.”
And she emphasized that: “The aviation industry is fully committed to reducing its emissions. We need that same level of ambition by governments. We urge all ICAO Member States to endorse the aviation net zero target and support a sustainable travel industry.”
WTTC believes ICAO’s 41st Assembly will be a crucial step towards a more sustainable sector and can set a global example as the world’s only industry that is fully aligned and committed to net zero action across borders.
To support governments and the sector achieve a greener future, WTTC launched the Net Zero Roadmap for travel and tourism — an ambitious guide for the sector in its battle against climate change.
The roadmap sets out emissions reductions for each industry within the travel and tourism sector including hotels, airlines, airports, cruise lines and tour operators, providing a clear roadmap on how to decarbonize the sector.