In April 2022, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report indicating that “harmful carbon emissions from 2010 to 2019 have never been higher in human history.”

Calling the findings “a file of shame,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned that the world is “on a fast track to climate disaster” as “high-emitting governments and corporations are not just turning a blind eye; they are adding fuel to the flames.”

Count the global civic aviation industry as a leader in heeding Guterres’ call for turning “climate promises and plans into reality and action, now.”

Against the grain of cost pressures and other economic headwinds, the airline industry has demonstrably stayed in front of this dire “now or never” scenario for over a decade as it advances and broadens a holistic sustainability strategy for the future.

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Editor’s note: This article appeared in Beyond the Meeting Room, ALHI’s award-winning luxury lifestyle magazine focused on sharing compelling, inspirational and educational stories from beyond the four walls of a meeting room.