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Aviation industry proposes new framework for net zero by 2050

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Europe’s aviation sector has unveiled its new sustainability initiative Destination 2050 – A Route to Net Zero European Aviation.
The new plan provides a vision and path for meaningful CO2 emission reduction efforts in Europe and globally.
According to the report, there is an opportunity to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 through a combination of four key measures, aligning European aviation with EU climate goals – subject to securing the required supporting policy and financing framework at EU and national level.
The new measures include using sustainable aviation fuel alongside improvements in aircraft and engine technologies that could achieve emission reductions of 37%.
The initiative is led by five European aviation associations – Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE), AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD Europe), Airlines for Europe (A4E), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
“This long-planned vision and roadmap for the future of European aviation underlines our sector’s commitment and determination to play our part in tackling climate change despite the current crisis. A robust regulatory framework will be paramount in achieving not only an environmentally sustainable future, but also a financially resilient and competitive European aviation industry as a whole. We remain committed to work with policy-makers to take aviation forward jointly for the next generation of travellers,” said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director at A4E.
Tanja Grobotek, director europe Affairs at CANSO, added: “The air traffic management industry and the rest of the aviation sector in Europe have come together to present a solution to our common challenge – reducing carbon emissions, while still delivering valuable economic and social benefits. With improvements across the sector, we aim to make a meaningful impact and help to achieve Europe’s climate goals.”