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Today, 20 airlines that are members of the World Economic Forum’s Target True Zero initiative pledged to use new technologies, such as electric, hydrogen and hybrid aircraft, to meet the challenge of climate change. The development and delivery of new propulsion technologies – powered by sustainable energy sources – were highlighted as essential in helping the aviation industry to minimize its environmental impact.
“Adopting these technologies in the global fleet – through the design of a new aircraft or the modernization of conventional aircraft – can help reduce the climate impact of our operations while preserving immense economic benefits. and social that aviation brings to the world, ”the statement said.
Signatory airlines – Aero, Air New Zealand, Air Nostrum, Alaska Airlines, Amelia, ASL Aviation Holdings, Braathens Regional Airlines, easyJet, Finistair, Icelandair, Iskwew Air, Loganair, Mokulele, Ravn Alaska, SoundsAir, Southern Airways Express, Surf Air Mobility, Viva Aerobus , Waltzing Matilda Aviation, Xwing – operates over 800 aircraft and carries over 177 million passengers on 1.8 million flights per year and hopes to use this influence to create market demand for new types of aircraft.
- Short-haul flights first – Shorter-range flights were recognized as the most likely to use new propulsion in the first place. The signatories pledged to work so that 30% of the planes, serving routes of 750 km or less, which are added to their fleets from 2030, use new propulsion technologies.
- Advancing technology in the future – Airlines have also pledged to decarbonize longer range aircraft, once this becomes technologically and economically viable.
- Partnership – The signatories called on aerospace manufacturers to prioritize innovation that will enable them to achieve these goals.
- Public-private cooperation – Target True-Zero airlines have also urged governments to do their part to support the transition to cleaner aviation. Key calls included the establishment of policies to incentivize operators to adopt these technologies and address the infrastructure issues needed to support their use at airports around the world.
“The Target True Zero initiative will address the role that new propulsion technologies such as electric and hydrogen aviation can play in the transition to an aviation system with true zero climate impact. It will address issues in the areas of technology, industry dynamics, infrastructure and supply chain, regulation and public acceptance, ”said Timothy Reuter, Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum. “By accelerating the adoption of solutions with less climate impact, we can ensure equitable growth around the world while ensuring a healthy planet for future generations. Uma Subramanian, CEO, Aero said: “At Aero, we are deeply committed to leading our industry towards zero emissions and minimizing its environmental impact. We are proud to work with the World Economic Forum and industry leaders to accelerate change in the aviation sector and tackle the most pressing problem of our generation. “
David Morgan, Chief Operational Integrity & Safety Officer, Air New Zealand said: “Air New Zealand aspires to deliver low carbon solutions for our shorter domestic and regional flights over the next decade. (…) We know that the journey towards the decarbonisation of the aviation industry is not something that an airline can take on its own. Initiatives like True Target Zero are vitally important to share information, learnings and accelerate the adoption of zero emission aircraft around the world. Air New Zealand is delighted to be on board with other industry leaders and we look forward to working together towards our net zero goals. “
Maria Fiskerud, Director of Sustainability, Braathens Regional Airlines said: “Progressing towards zero carbon aviation is crucial to achieving the Paris agreement. (…) Our ambition is to achieve all our flights without fossils by 2030, with SAF in our propeller plane in addition to our electric planes. This partnership with True Zero Aviation is a springboard to accelerate towards true zero emissions.
Charles Cabillic, president, Finistair declared: “We would like to salute the initiative initiated by the World Economic Forum which demonstrates its ability to bring together the main players in the aeronautics sector around the Target True Zero coalition with which we are resolutely associated. We are convinced that by working together, we will be stronger, and we will be able to deploy disruptive technologies that will allow the sector to accelerate its environmental transition. We are certain that this transition will first take place on short-haul flights with light aircraft.
Teara Fraser, Senior Executive, Iskwew Air said: “Together, let’s reimagine, remake and rebuild the aviation industry with a focus on equity and sustainability.”
Stan Little, President and CEO, Mokulele Airlines and Southern Airways said, “As the largest intra-state carrier in the greenest state in the United States, Mokulele Airlines has worked for many years as a pioneer in the electrification of Hawaii’s air transportation system. We are proud to join the World Economic Forum in seeking global public commitment to promote sustainable air transport.
Sudhin Shahani, Chairman and CEO, Surf Air Mobility said, “The industry as a whole is making significant improvements to decouple aviation operations from carbon-emitting fuels. But with fully electric, zero-emission planes still a few decades away, we also need solutions now. With half of all flights within 500 miles, fortunately, hybrid solutions will allow us to bring significant carbon reductions to market within a few years and on the planes we already fly today.