ICAO has told national governments that current air transport sustainability priorities will require substantial and systemic infrastructure modernization.
“We have also been emphasizing that States’ interrelated social, economic, and environmental sustainability objectives will depend on an effective, dependable framework of public investment to support green air aviation innovations,” said ICAO in a statement signed its President Salvatore Sciacchitano and Secretary General Fang Liu.
According to ICAO, “aviation connectivity is making critical contributions today to countries’ achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, under Agenda 2030, but there is also a growing worldwide expectation to explore the long-term decarbonization pathways for aviation based on ambitious, concrete targets.
“The international airport community, represented and strengthened through its cooperation under Airports Council International, has already demonstrated leadership in realizing numerous green innovations and objectives, often on the basis of very effective public-private partnerships.
“ICAO is therefore tremendously encouraged by the potential for net zero global airport operations by 2050 which has been revealed in this latest data. We’re also excited at what the future holds for the international aviation sector as it strengthens and expands its environmental coalitions through our Organization, and defines important new outlines of the industry’s long-term vision for net zero global connectivity.”