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Green recovery of air transport priority for aviation industry leaders

Green recovery of air transport priority for aviation industry leaders

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Despite the current crisis facing the global aviation
industry, its commitment to pursuing sustainability remains strong,
particularly as the sector starts to recover. Speaking at the Global
Sustainable Aviation Forum, industry leaders reiterated that long-term climate
action should be a priority alongside economic recovery in the coming years.

Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport
Action Group, Michael Gill said: “Air transport is in the midst of the deepest
shock in its history. We expect a reduction of up to 4.8 million jobs in the
sector by the end of the year and a massive hit to our ability to connect the
world. However, as we plan for the recovery of air connectivity, we also must
prioritise our environmental progress.

“Our sector has a long-term climate change goal to cut CO2
emissions in half by 2050. With the right help from governments, the energy
sector and technologists, we expect that global aviation will be able to hit
net zero emissions a decade or so later. Some parts of the world will be able
to meet this point earlier and a number of individual companies have already
set goals along these lines. To achieve this will require a transition in our
energy source from fossil fuel to sustainable aviation fuel, the acceleration
of research and development of electric, hybrid and potentially hydrogen
aircraft. It will also require a commitment to collaboration going even beyond
our current levels. We have the next decade to set the scene for sustainable
global connectivity for the next 30-40 years.”

Speaking about the need to focus on sustainability as part
of the industry’s long-term recovery from Covid-19, the Director General of
Airports Council International, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: “The recovery of
the aviation industry will be a key driver of the global economic recovery. To
ensure that aviation can continue to provide the economic and social benefits,
it is crucial that we pursue a green recovery and lay the foundation for a
prosperous and sustainable industry for the long term. Airports are central to
the interconnected and interdependent aviation ecosystem. Airports and their
partners in the aviation industry need the support of appropriate regulation
and government policies to facilitate a green recovery and push for real

Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation Director General
Simon Hocquard said: “Meeting our ambitious sustainability goals continues to
be of paramount importance and will only happen if everyone in the aviation
system plays their part. From implementing new operational procedures to
adopting the latest technologies, the ATM industry has an important role to
play in improving the efficiency of aviation in the near term, before new
electric aircraft technologies or zero carbon fuels come on stream.”

Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said: “COVID-19 has devastated the aviation industry. But we are working hard to re-connect the world safely and sustainably. We’re committed to pushing ourselves, our partners, and governments to achieve our carbon targets in a green recovery. But this is not the time for more environmental taxes that punish people for reconnecting with family or who contribute to economic recovery with business travel. For aviation, the keys to combatting climate change remain investments in carbon offsetting, sustainable fuels, and radical green technologies.”

Chair of the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace
Industries Associations, Eric Fanning, said: “Manufacturers invest billions of
dollars a year to make the next generation of airplanes even more fuel
efficient, but disruption from COVID-19 will make it difficult to maintain this
level of investment in research and development. Moving forward, government and
industry leaders must find new ways to collaborate on funding and developing
innovative technologies that will address climate change.”

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