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It is a common misconception that sustainability in air travel is just about curbing CO2 emissions from airplanes. Of course this helps but the aviation industry’s responsibilities are far wider than this.
The sector is responsible for about 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emission but it also has a pivotal role to play in driving forward sustainable urban development. Airports are hubs that provide for the various needs of our cities and they rely on numerous different modes of transport that operate in and around them. These networks require extensive coordination between airplanes, airports, buses, trains, passenger cars, ships and ports.
Regional and municipal decision-makers must support this coordination with incentives, green procurement and smart regulation if they are to create the right conditions for development. But innovation can come from the aviation industry itself.
As competition in the battle for air passengers grows ever fiercer, all of the industry’s players are driving […]

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