IATA launches World Sustainability Symposium

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will launch the IATA World Sustainability Symposium (WSS) in Madrid, Spain on 3-4 October.

With governments now aligned with the industry’s commitment to decarbonise…


Willie Walsh, Director General , IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will launch the IATA World Sustainability Symposium (WSS) in Madrid, Spain on 3-4 October.

With governments now aligned with the industry’s commitment to decarbonise aviation by 2050, this symposium will facilitate critical discussions, in seven key areas:

  • The overall strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, including Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)
    The crucial role of government and policy support
    Effective implementation of sustainability measures
    Financing the energy transition
    Measuring, tracking and reporting emissions
    Addressing non-CO2 emissions
    The significance of value chains

“In 2021 airlines committed to net zero emissions by 2050. Last year governments made the same commitment through the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Now the WSS will bring together the global community of sustainability experts in the industry and governments to debate and discuss the key enablers for aviation’s successful decarbonisation, our biggest challenge ever,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General who is confirmed to speak at WSS.

World Sustainability Symposium

The WSS will provide a platform specifically tailored for airline sustainability professionals, regulators and policy makers, as well as stakeholders in the industry’s value chain.

Speakers will include

  • Patrick Healy, Chair, Cathay Pacific
    Roberto Alvo, CEO, LATAM Airlines Group
    Robert Miller, Professor of Aerothermal Technology and Director of the Whittle Laboratory at the University of Cambridge
    Suzanne Kearns, Founding Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aviation (WISA)
    Andre Zollinger, Policy Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT
    Marie Owens Thomsen, Senior Vice President Sustainability and Chief Economist, IATA

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