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Shaking the Skies by Giovanni Bisignani

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CHAPTER SIX

The Futureis Green

Environmental initiatives, includingairspace issues and the EU ETS

The case for the defence

Let me be clear. I am not a climate change expert. But for me the evidence plainly shows that aviation is not a major offender when it comes to the environment. In fact, it is by far the most proactive industry in the world in terms of environmental mitigation. And it could do even better if governments and big oil companies actually lived up to their green claims and supported the industry’s efforts rather than hinder them.

The environmental problem has always been there. The US Environmental Protection Agency first issued proposals about aircraft emissions in the early 1970s. It has really gathered pace in the last decade ...

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