World's Airlines Pledge to Cut Emissions 50% by 2050

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Aviation accounts for only 3% of carbon emissions from the global transport sector, but it's a number that's growing. Not to mention that those emissions often have a higher warming potential than ones emitted elsewhere. Radiative forcing anyone? Well, to address these concerns the International Air Transport Association committed Saturday to new emission reductions targets and fuel efficiency improvements:At the International Civil Aviations Organization High Level Meeting in Montreal, the IATA set the following targets: 1.5% annual fuel efficiency improvements through 2020; 50% reduction in carbon emissions (from 2005 levels...) by 2050; and, stabilizing aviation emissions from 2020, with carbon-neutral growth thereafter.

Government Support for Sustainable Biofuels Requested
To help with this, IATA threw the ball into government's court. IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani said, "We can fly the plane efficiently, but governments must deliver improvements in air traffic management," and added, "Governments must also accelerate the development of the legal and fiscal framework to support the use of sustainable biofuels."

Here's the declaration itself: Elements of an ICAO Position for COP15
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