By Emmie V. Abadilla
Seoul – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
CORSIA, the first global carbon pricing instrument for an industry sector, will cap net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels (carbon-neutral growth, or CNG). The AGM looked beyond CORSIA to the next climate action commitment — cutting net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050.
This is part of the five resolutions passed by IATA during its 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) which drew over 1,000 aviation leaders and participants.
The second resolution passed was on slots, which reaffirmed the importance of a harmonized global airport slot system, and called upon governments to urgently address capacity shortages. The resolution also reaffirmed that the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) is the global standard for the policies, principles, and procedures of airport slot allocation and management.
Thirdly, the AGM resolved to support the global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and fourthly, accelerate the global implementation of the One ID initiative, which uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through the airport, without the need for paper travel documents.
Lastly, the AGM resolved to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide.