Environmental Management – A Practical Approach
Although climate change is a key focus of the industry’s environmental work, more down-to-earth issues remain
Many airlines have recognized the benefits of an environmental management system (EMS), but the traditional generic standards and frameworks for an EMS are challenging to implement in an airline context.
The airline business is complex and global, covering activities from flight operations, ground handling, and catering to maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in all manner of climates and surroundings.
Even if an airline can measure particular aspects of its environmental performance, the reporting requirements add a further layer of confusion.
Many airlines already publish environment, sustainability or social responsibility reports that comply with the recognized international reporting standards or frameworks, such as the Global Reporting Initiative. In addition, however, airlines are subject to increasing pressure to publish further emissions information from their operations. In 2012, for example, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) approached 44 IATA airlines, requesting them to publicly disclose information related to their direct and indirect carbon emissions.
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