Aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Direct emissions from aviation account for about 3% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions and more than 2% of global emissions.
The EU is taking action to reduce aviation emissions. These have been included in the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) since 2012. On 3 July 2020, the European Commission published the Roadmap for the legislative initiative aimed at amending the EU ETS regarding aviation. This initiative, planned for the second quarter of 2021, will serve to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by the EU in a way that is consistent with the EU’s 2030 climate objectives. This proposal will be part of the broader European Green Deal. And the proposed ReFuelEU Aviation regulation aims to boost the supply and demand for sustainable aviation fuels in the EU.
Improving sustainability is a priority for most aviation companies who want good sustainable practices and greening of their industry to become the norm. As industry looks forward to Europe’s most ambitious climate action plan yet, the European business aviation sector has stated its determination to support the European Green Deal, its goals and underlying values. Business aviation has the ability to connect remote regions and communities, bringing economic development to places otherwise inaccessible.
In 2009, the sector detailed three aspirational goals and the associated mechanisms it would use to achieve these goals: carbon-neutral growth by 2020; an improvement in fuel efficiency of an average of 2% per year from today until 2020; a reduction in total CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050 relative to 2005. It is on track with these goals.
EURACTIV organised this Virtual Conference to discuss how business aviation can meet ambitious climate change goals in a challenging post-COVID environment.
- How can the sector reduce its environmental impact through the use of technology, infrastructure and operational improvements, alternative fuels, and market-based measures?
- And how can policymakers help a growing part of the aviation sector achieve these reductions quickly?
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Aviations's contribution to a green and sustainable recovery
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