Aviation sustainability developments from around the world

Europe’s aviation sector launches plan to reach net zero CO₂ emissions by 2050

On 11 February 2021 the European aviation sector launched its flagship sustainability initiative “Destination 2050 – A Route to Net Zero Aviation.” Driven by a new, independent report, it provides a vision for meaningful CO2 emission reduction efforts in Europe and globally. According to the new report, there is an opportunity to reach net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 through a combination of four key measures, subject to securing the required supporting policy and financing framework at EU and national level. These four measures comprise:

  • Improving aircraft and engine technologies, which could achieve emission reductions of 37%;
  • Using sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), which could achieve emission reductions of 34%;
  • Implementing economic measures, which could achieve emission reductions of 8%;
  • Improving air traffic management (ATM) and aircraft operations, which could achieve emission reductions of 6%.

 The initiative follows climate commitments announced by the sector in November 2020 in the Round Table Report on the Recovery of European Aviation, which called upon institutional stakeholders to join the sector in an EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation by the end of 2021 – a call reiterated today.

Boeing says it will make planes able to fly on 100% biofuel by 2030

Boeing has set an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. The company has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address the urgent challenge of climate change.

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Bolloré Logistics Team Up to Launch First Low-carbon Airfreight Route between France and the United States

Bolloré Logistics has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) for its 2021 shipments between Paris Charles de Gaulle and New York John F. Kennedy airports. This first of its kind collaboration illustrates the ambition of these two historical partners to tackle the environmental challenge of airfreight transportation.

British Airways invests in sustainable aviation fuel producer LanzaJet

British Airways is investing in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology provider and SAF producer LanzaJet as the company builds its first commercial scale plant in Georgia, USA. British Airways will purchase SAF from LanzaJet’s US plant to power a number of the airline’s flights from late 2022.

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