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No Stops to Sustainable Development in the Airline Industry - IATA-BARIN-KLM-AAS call for the right business climate to achieve sustainability

BARIN Annnouncement and IATA Pressrelease - 13 Oct.08

By initiative of the BARIN a joint pressconference was held on 13 October by IATA, BARIN, KLM and AAS at Schiphol Airport voicing their standpoints in relation to this important topic, and called for serious attention to the creation of the right business climate, very much needed to achieve sustainability in the airline industry.

IATA Director General & CEO Giovanni Bisignani gave a briefing on the latest world wide developments on sustainable aviation. ( see below IATA pressrelease 13Oct08)

From a Dutch perspective KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman, BARIN Chairman Huib Gorter, and Schiphol Group Executive Vice President & CCO Maarten de Groof addressed a number of relevant issues in this context.

The BARIN Chairman, referring to Mr. Bisignani's statement “Governments think green and see cash. So we get tax after tax, conceived in the name of the environment, which rob the industry of the cash to invest in technology", informed the press of the next legal step BARIN has taken, to go in to cassation at the Dutch High Court against the verdict of the Court of the Hague regarding BARIN's expedite appeal against the Ticket Departure Tax, levied as from 1 July 2008 by the Dutch Government.

Huib Gorter: "In comparison with July, August and September last year, a very concerning downfall of 319.000 local departing passengers from Schiphol were registered, while during these same three months the number of Dutch departing passengers from "just over the Dutch border" airports almost doubled or even tripled, as a result of this illegal taxation levy by the Dutch Government."

BARIN, in cooperation with IATA and the Schiphol Group, has been instrumental in getting the IATA Airport Environment Campaign Stand on display in The Netherlands.
In the AAS Departure Lounge 3 this Environment Stand has been officially opened by the IATA Director General Mr. Bisignani as part of this press gathering, and can be visited by the air travelling public for a period of two months. The stand has at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol its first appearance in Europe, after having been on display during the IATA Annual General Meeting last June at Istanbul airport.

IATA Pressrelease 13 Oct.08
NEWS No: 46

Environment still a top priority even in times of crisis

13 October 2008 – (AMSTERDAM) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reiterated its commitment to its environmental programme at the inauguration of an aviation and the environment display at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The IATA environment exhibition is touring European airports and is currently located at Amsterdam Schiphol for two months. The stand has been placed at Schiphol with the cooperation of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM and the Board of Airline representatives in the Netherlands (BARIN).

“Environment remains a top priority, even in the middle of the current crisis hitting the air transport industry” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “Interests are aligned. Saving fuel improves environmental performance. And, in this crisis, every drop of fuel saved helps the bottom line,” said Bisignani.

IATA is leading the air transport industry’s efforts to address climate change and improve aviation’s environmental performance with a four pillar strategy: invest in new technology, fly planes effectively, build and use efficient infrastructure and implement positive economic measures.

“Our vision is to achieve carbon neutral growth on the way to a carbon free future. More importantly we are delivering results towards this vision. Shortening routes, sharing best practices in fuel management and improving air navigation contributed to enormous CO2 savings. Between 2004 and 2007 IATA saved 44.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, equal to US$7.7 billion in fuel costs. Already this year we identified and saved a further 13.5 million tonnes of CO2 equal to US$4.6 billion.”

The exhibition looks at innovations that airlines are implementing to improve fuel efficiency. It also looks to future innovations, including biofuels and revolutionary concepts for airframe and engine design.

Bisignani noted that while the industry is delivering significant improvements to address its 2% contribution to global CO2 emissions, governments could do much more to facilitate even better results. “Governments think green and see cash. So we get tax after tax, conceived in the name of the environment, which rob the industry of the cash to invest in technology. And there is no guarantee that any of the funds collected will be invested in environment-related projects. Examples include the Dutch departure tax or Europe’s plan to bring aviation into its regional emissions trading scheme that will distort markets and create an international legal mess,” said Bisignani.

“Positive economic measures are one pillar of our strategy—provided they are globally coordinated, fair and voluntary. The focus must be a global solution coordinated through the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). That’s what the drafter of Kyoto envisaged. Now governments—including those in Europe—must make the ICAO process deliver successful results,” said Bisignani.

“This stand is a reminder of the potential for technical and operational achievements. The ‘to do’ list for governments is long. For Europe, at the top of the list is a Single European Sky. It could deliver 16 million tonnes of CO2 savings annually and shave over EUR 5 billion off the fuel bill. The technical solutions exist. But we’ve been waiting decades for governments to sort out the politics. It’s time for results,” said Bisignani.

– IATA –

Notes for editors:

• IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.

• The IATA environment exhibition is touring European airports and is currently located at Amsterdam Schiphol for two months. The stand has been placed at Schiphol with the cooperation of Schiphol Airport, KLM and the Board of Airline representatives in the Netherlands (BARIN).

• The stands consist of two curved, opposing panels forming a ‘tunnel’, suggestive of an aircraft engine. The visitor is guided on a remarkable journey from the inception of powered flight to the present day. This journey illustrates the key elements of IATA’s four-pillar strategy on the environment – focussing on technology, operations and infrastructure. Our journey extends to the future, exploring new technologies such as algae-based bio fuels, solar power and fuel cells that could provide the building blocks for developing a carbon emission-free plane in the next 50 years.

• The stands are 3 metres by 6 metres and are 2.1 metres high. The base language is English along with a second language that is changed for each location. Touch-screens and interactive models explore and explain issues such as alternative fuel sources, revolutionary concepts in airframe and engine design, the shortening of routes and operational improvements in the airline industry. The stand includes “Destination Zero” – essentially, ‘the film of the stand’

For further information contact:

Anthony Concil
Director Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2960
e-mail: corpcomms@iata.org

Quentin Browell
Assistant Director Aviation Environment
Tel: +41 22 770 2555
e-mail: browellq@iata.org

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