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IATA and AIA announced a collaboration to accelerate net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050

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In order to accelerate the aviation industry’s transition to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA), a global industry-academia cooperation located at the University of Cambridge, have established a partnership.

The two groups will evaluate the costs and benefits of achieving aviation’s 2050 net-zero CO2 target. This partnership will promote the creation of scenario-based tools to assist airlines in analyzing and comparing various decarbonization pathways, building on previous work.

This cooperation aims to assist airlines and policymakers in making more informed decisions as they move toward net zero. The alliance will give IATA and AIA a strong base on which to build a more extensive, long-term relationship.

By creating evidence-based tools that enable individuals to comprehend, map, and start down the paths to sustainable flight, it seeks to speed the transition to sustainable aviation.

In the past three years, a top-notch network of experts has been built, and the ability to model systems at the foundational level has been enhanced.

“We are excited to launch this new collaboration between AIA and IATA, investigating realistic pathways for aviation’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050. IATA has a strong track record of fostering cooperation between airlines and other stakeholders and driving change in the sector.

We believe that by bringing this together with AIA’s unique modeling capability we have an opportunity to unlock change,” said Prof. Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and AIA lead.

‘’We are delighted to join forces with the Aviation Impact Accelerator with a view to enhancing our understanding of the many potential pathways to achieve air transport‘s sustainable future.

The development of different technological pathways will have an influence on the long-term outlook of our industry, and our collaboration will notably explore this intersection,‘’ said Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s Senior Vice President of Sustainability and Chief Economist.

In addition to other projects, AIA and IATA want to work together in the future to develop IATA’s Recommended Practice Per-Passenger CO2 Calculation Methodology.

The methodology offers the most accurate computation results and transparency to everyone interested in comprehending the carbon footprint from flying activity when combined with certified airline operational data.

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