The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated in 2007 that aviation accounts for only around 2 % of global carbon dioxide emissions, with most of that relating to in-flight emissions from aircraft. However, with airline travel becoming more popular this contribution could possibly reach 5 % by 2050.
Aviation’s challenge is to retain the many positive benefits that aviation provides, while reducing or eliminating its negative environmental impacts.
The signing in April 2008 of the Global Aviation Industry Commitment to Action on Climate Change by aviation industry leaders (including Sydney Airport) is an important demonstration of the industry’s worldwide commitment to introducing technological, operational and efficiency advances that will reduce aviation’s contribution to climate change.
Sydney Airport is committed to working with organisations across the aviation industry to target carbon-neutral growth by 2020, as a step towards a carbon-free future for aviation.
Sydney Airport has implemented a range of initiatives aimed at reducing its carbon footprint.