News & Industry Affairs

Environment news

  • Aviation industry's Greenhouse Gas Emissions responsibility  
    Aviation is considered to be responsible globally for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE). The airline industry acknowledges that it must play its role in reducing GHGE. IATA has published a set of targets which have been accepted by airlines worldwide, namely:
    • To reduce GHGE by 1.5% per annum from 2010 to 2020.
    • Carbon neutral growth from 2020.
    • To reduce GHGE by 50% by 2050 based on 2005 levels. Read more...
  • NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
    March 15, 2017. NASA. Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from Germany and Canada, and are detailed in a study published in the journal Nature. Read the full article here.

  • Reduce Fuel Burn With a Dose of BLI
    March 10, 2017. NASA. It sounds like a cause of heart burn. Instead, Boundary Layer Ingestion (BLI) – is a promising idea NASA researchers are studying to reduce fuel burn in jet engines, thus reducing emissions and the cost of operating the aircraft. At its simplest: With BLI, an airplane’s engines are located near the rear of the aircraft so that air flowing over the aircraft body becomes part of the mix of air going into the engine and is then accelerated out the back. Read the full article here.

  • IATA Environmental Policy: Combating the illegal trade of wildlife 
    Transnational criminal gangs are exploiting the increasingly interconnected air transport system to traffic illegal flora and fauna. Aviation is committed to playing its part in stopping this illegal trade in wildlife, worth at least $19 billion annually. Although the duty for capturing and prosecuting these criminals rests with national enforcement authorities, airline staff can provide an important source of additional intelligence. IATA is working with the aviation industry to support the work of enforcement agencies in combating the illegal trade in wildlife.​​​​ Read the full article here.