Protecting the environment and the energy supply

Protecting the environment and the energy supply.

Environmental protection is and will continue to be a key driver for the aviation industry as a whole. The challenge with respect to the environment is to reduce continuously the environmental impact in the face of continuing expansion in demand for aviation. This expansion will also put pressure on existing energy supplies. Towards 2050, the forecast growth in the aviation industry will drive the need to deliver revolutionary technology solutions at an increasing rate and secure the path to sustainable energy supplies that can displace today’s fossil fuels to mitigate fully the potential impact on the atmosphere.

The goals of Flightpath 2050

1.      In 2050 technologies and procedures available allow a 75% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre and a 90% reduction in NOx emissions.The perceived noise emission of flying aircraft is reduced by 65%. These are relative to the capabilities of typical new aircraft in 2000.
2.      Aircraft movements are emission-free when taxiing.
3.      Air vehicles are designed and manufactured to be recyclable.
4.      Europe is established as a centre of excellence on sustainable alternative fuels, including those for aviation, based on a strong European energy policy.
5.      Europe is at the forefront of atmospheric research and takes the lead in the formulation of a prioritised environmental action plan and establishment of global environmental standards.


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