The air transportation industry is essential for future economic growth and development. Today it provides approximately 32 million direct and indirect jobs worldwide. In 2007, more travellers than ever before, nearly 2.2 billion people, flew on the world's scheduled air carriers, with predictions of 9 billion passengers by 2025.

In the Asia Pacific region, the rapid movement of people and materials provided by aviation will be crucial to continued growth over the next few decades.

The aviation sector has long recognised the importance of environmental management. Technological advancement has significantly reduced aircraft fuel consumption and emissions on a per passenger basis over the last 30 years but the industry now faces a real challenge to maintain this record as air traffic continues to grow steadily throughout the region.

ASPIRE is a collaborative approach to the environmental stewardship of Asia and South Pacific aviation.