Aviation industry urged to reduce emissions to fight climate change
Aviation leaders from around the world have called on the industry to combine efforts in reducing the level of emissions and play their part in the fight against climate change.
This came as the Doha Declaration 2020 was issued at the conclusion of the CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit in Doha yesterday.
The two-day summit convened more than 280 global aviation leaders and professionals to hold dialogue on significant aviation issues and challenges such as open skies, access, and regulation.
Travel and tourism, within a liberal framework, pave the way for global connectivity and socio-economic development, the Doha Declaration 2020 reaffirmed.
The statement further underscored the need for the industry “to engage collectively to reduce the level of emissions.”
“The aviation and travel industries recognize there is no single ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the environmental challenges the world is confronted by today,” it said.
However, to secure environmental sustainability for the coming generations, the statement calls on all airlines, governments, and stakeholders across the globe to recognize the importance of urgent action.
Further, airlines are encouraged to explore ways of emission reduction by working closely with manufacturers and fuel suppliers. These could either be through the use of alternative fuels or building more efficient operational processes, among others.
“IATA should take a lead on the international level and encourage manufacturers to invest in sustainable energy solutions,” states GCEO H.E. Akbar Al Baker during the #CAPASummit in Doha today. pic.twitter.com/KwWLtVJMxp— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) February 6, 2020
The declaration also asks governments to coordinate with the industry to support the industry action while keeping regulatory temptation to a minimum. In terms of taxes, the statement says, “Whenever taxes are imposed, these should be transparently allocated to activities that will serve to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.”
According to the declaration, governments can support the cutback in carbon emissions by enhancing the efficiency of their air traffic management.
“Now is a critical time for our global industry. The Doha Declaration continues to evolve based on the state of liberalization in the aviation industry. This insight is driven by the discussion during the CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulation Summit, which demonstrates just how important it is to have platforms for open discussion with global aviation leaders, to help remove barriers to progress and drive the industry towards an open marketplace,” said Peter Harbison, CAPA – Centre for Aviation Chairman Emeritus, with regards to the declaration.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker commented, “I wholeheartedly endorse the second iteration of the Doha Declaration. The Doha Declaration is a reflection of the last two days of productive discussions and reflects the need for all stakeholders in the aviation industry to work together to develop the solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.”
Earlier, on the sidelines of the CAPA Summit, HE Al Baker shared some of Qatar Airways’ plans, including taking the delivery of 40 airplanes this year.
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