Purpose – To examine the relationship between aviation and climate change, and the international dimensions of air transport.\r \r Methodology/approach – A review of aviation's impacts on the global climate, mitigation strategies to reduce this impact, and the possible consequences of climate change for commercial aviation.\r \r Findings – Although a range of mitigation measures have been developed and implemented to reduce aircraft emissions in the short term, with some environmental benefit, there is a real need for the aviation sector to identify the possible impacts of climate change on air travel operations, both to aircraft in flight and to operations at airports. A further challenge will be to devise adaptation plans that will address the vulnerabilities and thus ensure safe aviation-related operations.\r \r Social implications – The climate change impacts of aviation will adversely affect society. In addition, some individuals may have to reduce or stop flying as a result of increased taxes and legislation implemented in response to climate change.\r \r Originality/value of paper – There is a novel focus on the adaptation challenges for the aviation industry in response to climate change.

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Published on 01/01/2012

Volume 2012, 2012
DOI: 10.1108/s2044-9941(2012)0000002006
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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