Plotting the route to a greener future

  • Author: Elan Head
In October 2021, members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved an ambitious resolution, committing to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The commitment aligns with the Paris Agreement goal to keep global warming below 1.5°C, but the scale of the challenge is enormous. Reaching net-zero implies that a cumulative total of 21.2 gigatonnes of carbon will be abated between now and 2050, equivalent to around three-fifths of global carbon emissions from all sources in 2019.