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24 Mar 11. A|D|S today (Thursday) welcomed the publication of the 2011 Sustainable Aviation Progress Report. The document is produced by a coalition of organisations from across the UK’s aviation industry –airlines, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers and air traffic management – that aims to set out how the future growth of the UK economy will be underpinned by aviation. The report also highlights practical action being taken across the sector in the UK to deliver both economic and environmental benefits. The document updates progress on a number of goals and commitments that the industry has made to maximise the positive effects of aviation, while simultaneously further reducing its environmental impact. Graham Chisnall, Managing Director, Aerospace and Operations of A|D|S, said: “The Government has put growth and sustainability at the heart of its priorities. The whole UK aviation industry shares these goals and today’s report demonstrates how airports, airlines, aircraft manufacturers and air traffic management services are all committed to working together to continue meeting the dual challenges of economic growth and environmental sustainability. As the trade organisation that represents aerospace manufacturers we warmly welcome the document and congratulate all who played their part in producing it. Aerospace in the UK recognises that in order to grow and generate the benefits to the country in terms of jobs, global trade and growth we have to demonstrate we can do so while further reducing our impact on the environment. The Sustainable Aviation initiative plays a crucial role in bringing the entire aviation industry together to deliver this dual benefit and today’s report highlights our considerable progress in practical terms.”
* The UK aviation industry employs over half a million people and is directly responsible for an economic contribution of over £11bn per year. Aviation is crucial for the UK economy and its recovery from recession. As a vital part of international trading networks air transport and cargo services connect Britain and its businesses to the world.
* The UK industry has sought a global deal on aviation emissions to avoid regional geographic distortions based on ICAO’s recommendation for full and open emissions trading to deliver real reductions in carbon emissions.
* Sustainable Aviation also published a CO2 Roadmap in December 2008 (http://is.gd/saco2). The roadmap sets out how the UK industry can reduce its emissions to 2000 levels by 2050 while simultaneously meeting an estimated threefold rise in passenger demand over the same period through the use of new technology, systems and alternative fuels. Therefore, while the industry welcomes the Committee on Climate Change’s 2009 assessment that air travel could grow by 60 per cent while remaining within the 2005 emissions level target the sector believes that this is a pessimistic assessment of the potential future progress that aviation can make. For example, the Airbus A380 is more fuel-efficient on a per passenger kilometre basis than a hybrid car (the aircraft travels 100 passenger/km on 3 litres of fuel compared to 4 litres for the car) and new engines from Rolls-Royce for the Airbus A350XWB and Boeing 787 will represent at least a 12 per cent improvement in fuel-efficiency than the current generation of engines on comparable aircraft. Alternative fuels, envisaged entering the market around 2020 for full deployment around 2030 will deliver a further 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.
* By working together, the Sustainable Aviation coalition can address issues, such as reducing the sectors carbon emissions, through collaborative action involving technology, alternative sustainable fuels, and operational improvements including air traffic management, with additional po