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Flash News: IATA Launches World Sustainability Symposium to Drive Aviation Decarbonization

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is set to launch the IATA World Sustainability Symposium (WSS) in Madrid, Spain on October 3-4. With the industry's commitment to decarbonize aviation by 2050, governments worldwide are aligning their efforts to achieve sustainable air travel. IATA represents around 300 airlines, accounting for 83% of global air traffic.



The symposium will provide a platform for critical discussions among key stakeholders in the aviation sector. The discussions will revolve around seven key areas that are essential for achieving the industry's sustainability goals. These areas include developing strategies for net zero emissions by 2050, emphasizing the role of government support and policies, implementing effective sustainability measures, financing the energy transition, measuring and reporting emissions, addressing non-CO2 emissions, and recognizing the significance of value chains.


Willie Walsh, IATA's Director General, confirmed his participation as a speaker at the WSS. He emphasized the importance of bringing together sustainability experts from the industry and governments to address the challenges of decarbonizing aviation. He highlighted that the symposium will foster debates and discussions on key enablers for successful decarbonization, acknowledging it as the biggest challenge the industry has ever faced.



The WSS aims to create a tailored platform for airline sustainability professionals, regulators, policy makers, and stakeholders in the aviation value chain. By facilitating collaboration and knowledge-sharing, the symposium seeks to drive the industry towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.


The IATA World Sustainability Symposium represents a significant step forward in the aviation sector's commitment to reducing its environmental impact and achieving long-term sustainability goals. Through meaningful discussions and collective efforts, the symposium will play a crucial role in shaping the future of sustainable air travel.



Stay tuned for updates and insights from the IATA World Sustainability Symposium in Madrid this October.


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