The European Commission’s Green Deal plans to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and will result in all of us, citizens and businesses, benefitting from sustainable green transition. As well as cutting emissions it will require innovation on a grand scale, innovation which promises to transform Europe into a pioneer of sustainable technologies which can be exported worldwide.
Europe’s aviation industry has a critical role to play in this process. For too long we have been seen as a major part of the problem, rather than an integral part of the solution. Environmental campaigners have been able to portray our industry as carbon-fixated and elitist. However, as the articles in this issue of Skyway demonstrate, this view of aviation is misplaced. CEOs of airports, airlines and air navigation service providers believe in the science and evidence of global warming and are transforming their organisations so that sustainability can contribute to the growth of their businesses, not halt it.