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.