Aviation and climate change
Aviation supports 15 million jobs worldwide, transports 2.5 billion passengers annually and in terms of freight, carries approximately 35% of world trade in value. As a core economic sector answering our world’s mobility needs, the aviation industry accepts its responsibility and proactively promotes the shift towards a more sustainable world. It is the only industry to have set voluntary targets for 2050 compared to 2005 levels. Although EADS supports the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, we believe such market-based measures should be implemented at an international level. This would avoid competition distortion, double accounting and administrative burdens resulting from uncoordinated regional measures.
Managing the transition towards a low-carbon economy is now a real concern for corporations. EADS understands that beyond reducing direct emissions from operations, evaluating the carbon embodied in the whole value chain is a major challenge. This is why we are collaborating with the World Resource Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), as well as relevant stakeholders, to establish harmonised international guidelines that will create a common and robust framework for appraising aviation’s carbon exposure and related risks. Such a framework would provide a further basis for discussions with the supply chain.