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European airlines take their environmental responsibilities extremely seriously

The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), which represents a coalition of aviation industry partners working to promote sustainable development in aviation, has co-ordinated an open letter to governments signed by 28 aviation industry CEOs and association leaders, including The European Regions Airline Association (ERA), who reaffirm their commitment to a carbon-neutral pathway for aviation through a range of measures, including those being developed at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

Simon McNamara, Director General of ERA, says: “ERA and its members take their environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and we are working hard to promote a sustainable future for the sector. Our members are already showing their commitment by complying with the EU ETS scheme, as well as implementing their own fuel-saving initiatives.

“ERA fully supports and endorses the protection of the environment, co-ordinating industry policy and promoting the aviation industry’s considerable achievements to reduce its impact. ERA also works very closely with ATAG and is proud to be part of this commitment by the aviation sector to drastically reduce CO2 emissions through meaningful market-based measures. However, government endorsement and support is vital.”

Michael Gill, Executive Director of ATAG, adds: “The whole commercial air transport industry is united in its efforts to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency and renewable energy opportunities. Today’s letter solidifies that support with a personal commitment from industry chief executives that their businesses will continue to pursue our sector-wide goals of maximum CO2 emissions reduction. As an industry, we have already invested billions of dollars in efficiency measures and we now call on governments to help us further those efforts and support an even more sustainable future for flight.”

The open letter can be read at www.enviro.aero/openletter

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