Setting goals for sustainable change

Setting goals for sustainable change

Global aviation is very much aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, and Finnair leads the way with its own targets.

Perspective

Progressive airlines like Finnair set the pace for sustainable change. As confirmed by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) in its 2018 report, Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders, 65.5 million jobs are supported worldwide by aviation, with 3.6 per cent of global GDP generated by the industry.

In Finland, 8.3 per cent of GDP is accounted for by tourism, with tourists contributing 854 euros to the economy per arrival. So global industry, trade, development, and communications are interwoven with and inseparable from aviation.

As the industry grows, it becomes better placed to reduce its environmental impact. Finnair and other airlines continue to invest in new technology, better operations, and improved infrastructure. For instance, since 1990 more than ten billion tonnes of carbon dioxide has been eliminated from emissions.

“Supporting SDGs should be seen as an imperative by all industries the world over,” says Kati Ihamäki, Finnair’s Director of Sustainability.

To download the report, go to: aviationbenefits.org

Text Tim Bird
Photo Finnair

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