Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation seeks to reduce CO2 emissions
According to the agency, the growing trends in air traffic require proactive initiatives to avoid a worrying increase in these emissions in the future
In the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) the corresponding provisions have been adopted, in accordance with the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other organizations such as the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (CLAC), to reduce and control CO2 emissions from civil aviation.
This was stated by the director general of the IDAC, Alejandro Herrera in the words of presentation of the Action Plan on Reduction of CO2 Emissions, in which the necessary actions for the mitigation of CO2 emissions are presented.
In a press release from the IDAC Directorate of Communications and Public Relations, reference is made to the national aeronautical authority's commitment to global goals and strategies to address climate change, regarding a press release (Prensa Latina) dated in London in which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that aviation today contributes around two percent of global carbon emissions.
In the presentation of the IDAC plan, Dr. Herrera cites that figure, warning that “the growing trends in air traffic require proactive initiatives to avoid a worrying increase in these emissions in the future.”
According to IATA, when burning fuel, flights produce greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2), which contribute to global warming when they are released into the atmosphere.
For example, an economy class flight from London to New York emits approximately 0.67 tons of CO2 per passenger, according to ICAO.
According to calculations, by 2037 it is expected that the number of air passengers will double to 8.2 billion, which means that the expulsion of gases will also be greater because it varies depending on where the passengers sit and if they board a long or short flight distance.
To summarize that the plane is considered a very polluting means of transport with an emission of 285 grams of CO2 per passenger and kilometer traveled, it is suggested the development of policies and assistance programs to reduce CO2 emissions from civil aviation, taking to ICAO at the head of these plans developing an arduous task.
The Action Plan for the Reduction of CO2 Emissions of the Dominican Republic prepared by IDAC after the investigation process, which was advised by ICAO and the European Union, contains the recommended measures, which are being applied, as well as the description of the policies on which they are based.