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 decarbonising 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 Organization. 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.

The WSS will provide a platform specifically tailored for airline sustainability professionals, regulators, policymakers, and 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