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IATA’s fuel campaign

The aviation industry is one of the fastest growing industries and also one of the highest emitters of green house gases. Increasing fuel efficiency in this industry could be an effective method of reducing its green house gas emissions. This is because fuel efficiency has the additional benefit of cutting costs.

With this in mind, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the fuel campaign in 2005 and conceived a multipronged approach to it. It involves reducing weight of aircrafts by introducing lighter seats and cutting down on the number of on board magazines, improving load distribution, reducing drag, taxiing of the aircraft on lesser number of engines.

Apart from this, some routes have been shortened, departure, approach and landing procedures have been improved and vertical seperation minima have been reduced (thereby saving fuel by having better access to optimum flight levels). The steps helped IATA save $ 2.1 billion and cut down 10.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in a year. Fuel efficiency has improved by 16.5 % since 2001.

IATA's fuel campaign is part of an overall strategy to achieve carbon-neutral growth in the near term and zero emissions in the long term. It involves investing in new technology, flying more effectively, building and using efficient infrastructure and using effective economic measures. This strategy was endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and 179 member states during its September 2007 assembly.

Best Practices

  • A campaign that increases fuel efficiency of aeroplanes
  • A campaign that reduces green house gas emissions of the aviation industry