The airline industry wishes to reduce its CO2 emissions

World - At the Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), several airlines have announced their engagement in the fight against global warming. The airline industry to reduce and stabilize its CO2 emissions, and by 2020.

Giovanni Bisignani, director general of IATA, said that some of the biggest airlines are willing to stop the growth of their emission rates.

"Demand will continue to grow, but any growth in our carbon footprint will be neutralized," he said. The airline industry is responsible for more than 2% of global CO2 emissions and this figure could rise in coming years if it does not engage in a plan to fight against global warming.

A 6.5% reduction in emissions is expected in 2009 because of the economic crisis but also of the already accomplished efforts as regards energy saving. Pushed by environmental groups and pressure from many governments, airlines are planning to renew their fleets, replacing the old apparatuses by less greedy kerosene planes or functioning by means of biocarburants.

Four companies, including Air France / KLM and British Airways, also recommend to include targets in precise figure of reducing emissions from the aviation sector in the international fight against global warming to succeed the Kyoto treaty at the end of the Copenhagen.

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