Willie Walsh says aviation climate goals through CORSIA insufficient
Aviation’s global climate goals are not enough in the long term, according to IAG boss Willie Walsh, who said the sector eventually faces being suppressed by governments if it cannot achieve environmental sustainability. He believes that though having to submit to the CORSIA scheme will cost airlines some money, the alternative would be much more expensive. That is why the scheme has been accepted by most airlines – it allows pretty much “business as usual” for years. Walsh says all airlines will have to join the scheme in due course, by 2027, though the first years after 2021 are voluntary. He believes there are benefits for the airlines that join in the early days, gaining experience of carbon trading – for when all airlines have to take part and buy carbon credits. Walsh appears to realise that if the aviation sector does not get a grip on its rising carbon emissions, and make CORSIA work, it might face worse restrictions if the world tries to meet goals of the Paris Agreement. He does not believe CORSIA alone is enough in the longer term, and the industry will have to have great carbon reduction ambition for the future after 2035.
IAG chief says airline climate goals insufficient as airlines seek EU ETS exit
December 4, 2017 (Carbon Pulse)
Aviation’s global climate goals are not enough in the long term, according to IAG boss Willie Walsh, who said the sector eventually faces being suppressed by governments if it cannot achieve environmental sustainability.
IAG urges airlines to prepare for CORSIA amid fear of regulatory force
By Kerry Reals (Runway Girl Network)
International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh warns that if the airline industry fails to attain its emissions-reduction goals there could come a point at which it is “forced” by regulators to curb its growth.
He says ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is an “excellent first step” toward addressing aviation’s impact on climate change, but much more needs to be done. Walsh used his keynote speech at this week’s Aviation Carbon 2017 event in London to urge other airlines to prepare for the global market-based measure. See full article at