Aviation

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01-06-2022

How can hydrogen technologies power the clean aircraft of the future?

Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking, the European Union’s public-private partnership dedicated to supporting European aviation industry’s path towards climate neutrality, has launched its first Call for Proposals for innovative solutions powering the next generation of climate-neutral aircraft of the future.
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03-05-2022

Wanted: Impactful Solutions to power Sustainable Aviation

Impactful, disruptive technologies that push the boundaries of innovation are required to make climate-neutral aviation a reality by 2050.
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10-03-2022

Clean Aviation off to a flying start

Transforming aviation into a lean and green, climate-neutral mode of transport by 2050 is the ultimate goal for the aviation sector. This is a serious and pressing challenge at a time when the aviation industry is only starting to recover from unprecedented damaged caused by the Covid pandemic.
08-03-2022

For how long will flying less remain the best way to reduce aviation’s climate impact?

While technological solutions may cut aviation emissions in the future, flying less is the best option to reduce our climate impact now, writes Andrew Murphy.
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06-12-2021

Clean Aviation takes off on quest for green skies

The European Partnership for Clean Aviation has taken off! With the support of the European Union and in line with the European Green Deal’s objectives, the new Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking will pave the way towards climate-neutral aviation in Europe by 2050.
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12-07-2021

Eco-friendly planes to fly by 2035 to reach climate-neutrality by 2050

Bold, rapid investment in research and innovation is needed to steer aviation firmly on a course towards climate neutrality by 2050. Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. The aviation sector has suffered immensely as...
07-07-2021

A majority of Europeans favour a tax on jet fuel

A recent survey suggests that Europeans believe airlines should be required to pay tax on aviation fuel. The European Commission should heed the public and not the aviation lobby, writes Ciarán Cuffe.
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22-06-2021

Research centres are the bridge between academia and industry

So far, 113 research organisations from 21 countries have taken part in Clean Sky’s projects. Their role within our ecosystem is vital – on top of initiating and developing their own new technical proposals, they act as incubators, taking ideas...
02-06-2021

Protecting European airlines: lessons from the current crisis

EU member states must learn from the global aviation crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One such lesson is that the focus placed on internal market rules is crippling the competitiveness of our airlines, argues Pedro Nuno Santos.
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03-05-2021

Ambitious R&I investment will enable aviation to move towards climate neutrality

Bold investment is needed to steer aviation firmly on a course towards climate neutrality by 2050, Clean Sky’s Spring Event, Clean Aviation for a Competitive Green Recovery in Europe, heard on 22 April 2021. Axel Krein is the Executive Director...
23-04-2021

Fuelling a European recovery: Time to end aviation fuel tax exemption

For years, EU countries have allowed airlines to avoid paying tax on polluting jet fuels. With the climate crisis escalating, it’s time for the EU to put an end to this tax exemption, write Ciarán Cuffe, Anna Deparnay-Grunenberg, Claude Gruffat, and Tilly Metz.
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09-03-2021

A new Partnership for Clean Aviation ahead

On 23 February 2021, the European Commission announced its proposal for 10 future European Partnerships, with a European Partnership for Clean Aviation amongst them. These partnerships combine public and private funding to speed up the transition towards a green, climate...
Global Europe 29-01-2021

The best basis for re-setting EU-US relations

What’s the quickest win for the Biden Administration and Europeans looking to turn a page after years of turmoil?  Daniel S. Hamilton has the answer: settle the Boeing-Airbus dispute.
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19-01-2021

Climate-neutral aircraft will be built by today’s students

Young people will be the ones who will eventually transform aviation and make it 100% climate neutral. Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. At Clean Sky, we are paving the way towards climate-neutral flight...
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15-12-2020

The benefits of Sustainable Aviation Fuel go beyond CO₂

We already know that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) provides cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, achieving up to 80% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil jet fuels. But what is less well known is the fact that...
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02-12-2020

A Green Recovery for Aviation

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the European aviation sector particularly hard. Almost 90% of Europe’s flights were grounded from March to May, and today that figure stands at 62%. The entire aviation sector will continue to face significant challenges in...
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Transport 13-11-2020

Towards climate-neutral aviation: Blending mandate for the European Union

Aviation is the fastest growing transport sector, and it will continue to grow despite the current COVID-19 crisis. Regulatory support is needed to achieve the sector’s emission reduction targets.
Aerospace 12-11-2020

Airbus Horribilis: A nightmarish year masks a growing strategic role

The EU may need its flagship aero manufacturer more than it realises.  With the stakes running high, Brussels has a vested interest in seeing Airbus emerge strongly from its horrible 2020, argues Cameron Rimington.
25-09-2020

Aviation is an irreplaceable force for good in the world

Aviation’s precious role in society is at risk, as borders remain closed and influential voices in Europe call for permanent curbs on flying, warns Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury.
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Are all renewable aviation fuels equally sustainable?

A recent European Commission inception impact assessment on “ReFuelEU Aviation” presents ideas about a future EU law to promote renewable aviation fuels, labelled as “Sustainable” Aviation Fuels (SAF). These offer a legitimate way to reduce GHG emissions and deserve our...
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Economy & Jobs 17-06-2020

How will we travel tomorrow? Discover the world after COVID-19

How do we come out of this crisis as a society that has learned from its errors and difficult moments? How do we achieve balance between urgent sustainability and economic recovery?
26-03-2020

How to save airlines the right way

As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights - some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given any public cash, insists William Todts.
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Climate change 04-10-2019

Air travel growth suggests ‘sustainable’ and ‘development’ are not compatible

Air travel is not the only threat to life on earth, but it is a useful barometer of runaway economic growth and development that, if allowed to continue unmitigated, will irreparably harm the planet, writes Jonathan Gornall.
26-06-2019

Will airline companies cause their own crash?

Airline companies should embrace their changing industry if they ever want to come out on top again, said Bertrand Piccard, president of the Solar Impulse Foundation.