The 6th Aviation and Environment Summit: A Recap
Over the past two days, the key leaders across the aviation industry have descended upon Geneva for the 6th Aviation and Environment Summit. The event featured lively debates on topics ranging from sustainability, biofuels and global frameworks to industry announcements. And yes, there was plenty of discussion around the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). In fact, this topic was a highlight of the keynote of the Summit in which Marthinus van Schalkwyk stated that ‘Slowing down aviation and tourism growth simply to reduce carbon emissions will be in no-one’s interest.’
Another key talking point throughout the Summit was the launch of a new report called Aviation Benefits Beyond Borders. Developed by Oxford Economics for ATAG, the report outlines key facts and figures, case studies and insights around the economic, social and environmental impacts of the world of transport.
On Day 1, sessions covered topics ranging from the role of aviation in sustainable development, capacity through infrastructure and air traffic management, biofuels and discussion of a global framework in which everyone agreed upon the need for ICAO to take the lead.
The second day of the Summit offered a view from the top, with sessions and news featuring CEOs from Airbus, Boeing, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, CFM International and Rolls Royce. Industry associations also were in force, with involvement by leaders from the Airports Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
In addition to driving debate in the morning sessions, these leaders took part in several significant announcements which will drive the industry’s commitment moving forward. These include:
- Boeing and CANSO Call for Industry Collaboration for efficient flight
- Boeing, Airbus and Embraer to Collaborate on Aviation Biofuel Commercialization
- Global aviation sector commits to support sustainable development