A key address was made by Jon Godson, Assistant Director Environment and Sustainability at IATA where he spoke about some of the global issues with current waste management & single use plastic regulations. IATA also announced that they will now join the Advisory Group of the ASF.
In addition, Joe Leader the APEX/IFSA CEO, spoke about the importance APEX/ IFSA are placing on sustainability, as mandated by their Board of Governors, with all 4 & 5 star airlines required to demonstrate progress against their sustainability action plans in order to maintain and improve their ratings. He also talked about the importance of collaboration across the industry in order to deliver real change, highlighting the recently formed IFSA-ASF partnership as a good example thereof.
The ASF updated attendees on the current research project with Phase 1 completed and available now via the website. Phase 2 requires further funding and support from the membership – the expected methodology and outcomes were presented at the event. Phase 2 is expected to commence in the first half of 2022 and will provide guidance to address the challenges confronting the onboard industry towards achieving sustainable inflight services.
During the event the ASF polled the attendees and received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and support for its mission.
Please see below 3 video excerpts from the event.
Video 1. Intro from the ASF and insights from Joe Leader (APEX/IFSA).
Video 2. Sustainable Cabin Coordination, from Jon Godson (IATA)
Video 3. Q&A Session