Recognising the relationship between aviation and the environment, AAPA strives to continually consider solutions to mitigate the environmental impacts. Environmental impacts are seen as systemic beyond the control of the operators. Inefficient management of airspace, restrictive operational procedures and inadequate infrastructure can inadvertently offset the investments by airlines to mitigate its effects on the environment.
AAPA aims to promote and enhance the role of aviation in the region in view of the significant contribution aviation can make to long-term sustainable growth aimed at balancing economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental conservation.
AAPA actively engages in dialogue and works with industry stakeholders to lobby for a more coherent global approach to issues regarding climate change, and promulgate a better level of understanding of the important role which aviation plays in economic development in the region.
Key issues currently addressed by AAPA are as follows:
- Climate Change
AAPA recognises that climate change is a major challenge facing society as a whole. Mitigating the effects of climate change is a responsibility that must be borne by all elements of society and industry. Despite significant strides by air transport over the last three decades to improve fuel efficiency by 70%, this is only accepted as a historical norm and the industry remains under political pressure to accomplish more.
- Policy on Emissions
AAPA seeks to promote market-based options (MBOs) such as new/improved technology and enhancements to infrastructure and procedure as an alternative to options such as emissions trading, charges or any other form of financial disincentive. Notwithstanding, consideration of MBOs should be based on sound practical judgement recognising the principles of equity and flexibility through proper cost benefit analysis. Airlines alone cannot be made to bear the burden on what is considered a systemic responsibility to address emissions.
AAPA aims to continually promote and enhance the role of aviation in the region recognising the significant contribution aviation can make to long-term sustainable growth aimed at balancing economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental conservation.
- Night Flight Restrictions
The implementation of noise mitigation measures should not be taken in isolation from other complementary measures or alternate means. Night flying restrictions are not a viable solution taking to consideration the operation profiles of certain flights due to scheduling and capacity constraints at destination airports, which are beyond the control of the operator. Recognising the potential impact on its member airline operations, AAPA actively seeks out, engages and responds to regulatory initiatives at the international and regional level. AAPA works closely with its member airlines and other stakeholders to coordinate and formulate appropriate responses.
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