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Step by step towards sustainable aviation

Nairobi/Cergy/Paris - July 2002 - The Conference saw participation from all stakeholders in the aviation sector; from aviation industries to different levels of government to civil society groups. "Achieving sustainability will take a continuous, fruitful dialogue, which means we need to put aside our preconceptions and fixed positions and work together in a constructive manner", said Beatrice Schell, T&E Director. "The conference was a good start to this process."

"Experiences in the oil sector show that sustainability can provide new business opportunities," said Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Assistant to Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. "In fact, if companies want to be sound businesses in the long run, they need to listen to NGOs and take environmental challenges seriously."

"Climate change doesn't wait for anyone," said Dominique Dron, head of the "Mission Interministérielle sur l'effet de Serre", on behalf of Roselyne Bachelot, French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development. " We cannot afford to delay action."

Thierry Sibieude, Vice-President of the Conseil Général du Val d'Oise, speaking for François Scellier, Member of the French Parliament and President of the Conseil Général, said that, "Actions to tackle all environmental impacts from aviation need to be practical and range from local to global action, on the basis of consultation and cooperation."

This action which will come from the conference include :

ü Workshops on aviation and the environment in a developing country context - held either in Asia and Latin America

ü A guide on good environmental practice

ü A paper on economic instrument for improving aviation's performance regarding noise emissions

Participants asked that the dialogue started at the conference continue on an annual basis.

For more information: UNEP: Françoise Ruffe; francoise.ruffe@unep.fr or Tel. +33-1-44 37 14 37; T&E: Stephanos Anastasiadis; stephanos.anastasiadis@t-e.nu or Tel. +32-2-502 9909 Conseil Général du Val d'Oise: Fabienne Chevalereau; fabienne.chevalereau@cg95.fr or Tel. 33-1-34 25 38 03

Background

See http://www.t-e.nu/Press/2002/1-7-02-Aviation.htm

UNEP Information Note 2002/20