Thirty-five countries in Europe, leading industry stakeholders, and Destination 2050 partners (five leading European aviation associations) recently signed the ‘Toulouse Declaration’, the first-ever public-private initiative supporting aviation’s decarbonization goals.
For the first time, through the ‘Toulouse Declaration’, which was presented during the Toulouse Aviation Summit, all European stakeholders agree on the principles and actions needed to reform the aviation sector in order for it to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 and make flying more sustainable in the long term.
Industry stakeholders describe the agreement as a breakthrough.
The European Travel Agents & Tour Operators Association (ECTAA) said it also endorses the ‘Toulouse Declaration’ aimed at driving the aviation sector’s decarbonization plans forward.
The declaration was signed by more than 200 airports in Europe including Athens International Airport (AIA) in Greece.
“Endorsing the Toulouse Declaration is another step of engagement to make the travel and tourism industry more sustainable” said Pawel Niewiadomski, ECTAA president.
“We are aware of the responsibility of our industry to work towards a greener future, but it makes us also proud to be an active part of the solution. We will therefore continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders to achieve even more together to the benefit of all.”
‘Destination 2050’ calls for EU Pact for Aviation Decarbonization
Destination 2050 partners – ACI Europe, ASD Europe, Airlines for Europe (A4E), Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA) – reiterated their call for a structured dialogue between policy makers and industry via an ‘EU Pact for Aviation Decarbonization’, with concrete policy as well as financial measures to encourage aviation’s green transformation.
They are calling on the European Commission and EU member states who signed the declaration to develop an EU Pact for Aviation Decarbonization.
Through this agreement, EU states should commit to a structured dialogue with the industry to review and complement the Fit for 55 legislative package with concrete and timely supportive measures, including public and private funding to channel investments, R&D and innovation into decarbonization and a more sustainable aviation ecosystem. Additionally initiatives and incentives should be introduced.
The declaration’s supporters have also committed to working with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) towards the adoption of an ambitious ‘long-term aspirational goal’ for aviation which is consistent with efforts to reach net zero CO2 emissions in 2050. The adoption of such a goal would take place during ICAO’s 41st assembly in September.