Advocacy & knowledge sharing

ATAG plays an active and vital role in facilitating the development of joint positions and advocating for their support among governments and international bodies. Haldane Dodd Executive Director, ATAG

ATAG was instrumental in the industry’s announcement of its commitment to fly net zero by 2050 in October 2021. The declaration was signed by the CEOs and leaders of ACI, Airbus, ATR, Boeing, CFM, CANSO, Collins Aerospace, Embraer, GAMA, GE Aviation, IATA, IBAC, ICCAIA, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and SAFRAN. All these organisations are members of ATAG.

Download the declaration: commitment to fly net zero 2050

ATAG promotes awareness of aviation's sustainable development via a range of educational materials including videos, studies, fact sheets and publications for global use. ATAG also develops toolkits of resources for members to incorporate in their own communications activities.

In preparation for the ICAO Assembly in September / October 2022, ATAG developed a series of videos for sharing on social media using the hashtag #FlyNetZero. These videos feature 65 young aviation professionals from 20 different countries, who explain in their own words why a long-term climate goal for aviation is important. The two main videos are:

#FlyNetZero Twitter posts in the year up to the ICAO Assembly

Over 13,000 Twitter posts were generated using #FlyNetZero from October 2021 to October 2022 and the videos were played constantly within ICAO’s headquarters from July to October 2022.

ATAG led development of the Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders website: a collaboration on behalf of all sectors of air transport. The site provides information about aviation's contributions to economic growth and social development and highlights efforts that are being made to reduce its environmental footprint. It focuses on the following topics:

The publication Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders is also an ATAG initiative. It analyses data in 80 countries to provide statistics on aviation’s role in supporting jobs, trade, connectivity, tourism, vital lifelines for remote communities and rapid disaster response. It has become a key reference tool among governments, industry, academics, the media and the broader public. The publication is available for download free-of-charge.

ATAG has also successfully brought together all sectors of aviation, governments, environmental groups and other stakeholders via the Global Sustainable Aviation Summits, Forums and briefings. The first event was held in 2005. A number of important declarations have been made over the years at these events, including:

  • In 2008: a joint Commitment to Action on Climate Change
  • In 2012, a declaration entitled Towards Sustainable Aviation, referring to the original goal of a 50% reduction in net carbon emissions by 2050.