Aviation adopts the zero carbon target by 2050

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Aviation adopts the zero carbon target by 2050
Source: Twitter @enviroaero
Wed October 06, 2021

Despite the crisis it is going through, the decision confirms the sector's commitment to caring for the environment


The global air transport industry has adopted a long-term climate goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, confirming the commitment of the world's airlines, airports, air traffic management and aircraft and engine manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions in support of the Paris Agreement Goal 1.5ºC. This updates an earlier industry-wide target set in 2009 and follows yesterday's resolution by the International Air Transport Association membership to adopt a net zero target.

The global air transport industry has adopted a long-term climate goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, confirming the commitment of the world's airlines, airports, air traffic management and aircraft and engine manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions in support of the Paris Agreement Goal 1.5ºC. This updates an earlier industry-wide target set in 2009 and follows yesterday's resolution by the International Air Transport Association membership to adopt a net zero target.

In a statement released today, representatives from the world's leading aviation industry associations and the world's leading aircraft and engine manufacturers pledged that “global civil aviation operations will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, supported by accelerated efficiency measures, energy transition and innovation across the aviation sector and in partnership with governments around the world. "

Haldane Dodd, Acting Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group, said: “Aviation has increased its ambition in line with the need for all sectors of the economy to pursue rigorous climate action. Despite having endured the greatest crisis in aviation history, this new agreement demonstrates that our industry has placed climate action as one of its top priorities. It will be a significant challenge to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but evidence shows that with proper support from governments and efforts across the value chain, especially the energy industry, it can be achieved. "

The industry said a combination of new technology, including the ability to switch to electricity and hydrogen for some shorter services; improvements in operations and infrastructure; and a transition to sustainable aviation fuel by mid-century would provide the most carbon reductions. The remaining emissions would be captured using carbon removal measures.

“It is also vital that governments show their support. National policy measures focused on innovation and energy transition are essential. We also urge member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to support the adoption of an ambitious long-term climate goal at the 41st ICAO Assembly in 2022, in line with industry commitments”.

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