IATA to Launch Passenger CO2 Calculation Methodology for Flights

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launch of the Recommended Practice Per-Passenger CO2 Calculation Methodology, which aims to provide an accurate calculation methodology for the industry to quantify carbon dioxide emissions per passenger for a specific flight.

According to a press release issued by IATA, a standardized and accurate calculation methodology is crucial as travelers, travel agents, and corporate travel managers are increasingly demanding precise information about flight CO2 emissions, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Commenting on this launch, the Director-General of IATA, Willie Walsh, said that this methodology would help travelers to make informed choices about flying sustainably.

“Airlines have worked together through IATA to develop an accurate and transparent methodology using verified airline operational data. This provides the most accurate CO2 calculation for organizations and individuals to make informed choices about flying sustainably. This includes decisions on investing in voluntary carbon offsetting or sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) use,” the statement of Walsh reads.

IATA has explained that its Methodology takes into account several factors, including guidance on fuel measurement, in line with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation.

In addition, IATA’s Methodology clearly defines the scope to calculate carbon dioxide emissions in relation to the flying activity of airlines as well as provides guidance on non-CO2-related emissions and the Radiative Forcing Index.

Apart from the above-mentioned, the Methodology also applies a weight-based calculation principle as well as provides guidance on passenger weight using actual standard weight.

Walsh emphasized that the aviation industry is committed to achieving net-zero by the year 2050. To be able to do so, they need to create a common standard that can be used to calculate carbon emissions.

“The plethora of carbon calculation methodologies with varying results creates confusion and dents consumer confidence. Aviation is committed to achieving net-zero by 2050. By creating an accepted industry standard for calculating aviation’s carbon emissions, we are putting in place essential support to achieve this goal,” Walsh stated.

Apart from launching such calculation methodologies, there are also moves to shift short-haul flights to rail.

However, despite the predictions made by IATA regarding the carbon emissions, the Airports Council International (ACI Europe) stated in its latest release that the CO2 benefits of shifting short distance fights to rail are limited.

ACI has explained that there is no guarantee that passengers will choose to travel by train instead of by their own personal cars. If travelers start avoiding flights and use their cars instead to reach different destinations, the CO2 emissions might increase even more.

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