Aviation brings together people, businesses and communities. We operate around the clock and around the world to keep the world connected, in normal times supporting nearly 90 million jobs and well over 4% of global GDP. Those connections have never been more keenly missed than in the last two years as travel has stalled, families have been kept apart and trade has suffered. Air connectivity supplies essential links between regional communities and the wider world, which would otherwise necessitate the development of expensive and challenging ground infrastructure or result in time-consuming travel.
As the global community emerges from the pandemic and the aviation sector rebounds from the worst crisis in its history, we will build on the success of previous sustainability efforts to push towards the third era of air transport: net-zero carbon global connectivity.
Scientific consensus shows that the Paris Agreement 1.5ºC goal would greatly reduce the severity of climate change damage. It is imperative that all sections of society and business set course to support achievement of this goal. The collective air transport sector raises its ambition with a new long-term climate commitment:
Global civil aviation operations will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, supported by accelerated efficiency measures, energy transition and innovation across the aviation sector and in partnership with Governments around the world.