The aviation industry is set to change as quickly as possible

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In the post-COVID-19 era and with the call from people to change the way we work and live to create a greener and more eco-responsible world, the aviation sector is strongly encouraged to transform itself as quickly as possible to meet these new needs.

The French government just organized a citizens' climate convention during which French people drawn by lot met and discussed the measures to be taken to preserve our climate. 150 proposals were identified, including 7 directly related to air transport and the limitation of its effects deemed harmful to the environment. 

The objective is to promote "low carbon" transport by 2030 in order to reduce the greenhouse gases emitted by national and international flights. 

While the aviation sector accounts for a moderate share of emissions, the aim of this approach is to avoid a massive increase of this impact and, above all, to transform our modes of operation and encourage more reasoned modes of transportation.

These measures are :

  • Adopt a reinforced eco-kilometer contribution;
  • Gradually organize the end of air traffic on domestic flights by 2025, only on routes where there is a low-carbon alternative that is satisfactory in terms of price and time (on a journey of less than 4 hours);
  • Prohibit the construction of new airports and the extension of existing airports;
  • Increase taxation on recreational aviation fuel;
  • Promote the idea of a European eco-contribution;
  • Ensure that all emissions that cannot be eliminated are fully offset by carbon sinks;
  • Support, in the medium term, R&D in the development of biofuels for aircraft. 

In addition to these measures, the French government also asked the aeronautics industry to consider the zero-emission aircraft as soon as possible. Already announced in 2019 at the Paris Air Show, for 2050, the Government is accelerating and would like to see the first solutions by 2035.

These measures decided at the national level should have an international resonance and impact. Some of them could be taken up by other States when some are not doing so already. More broadly, at the heart of the reflection is the need to imagine a new way of doing things and to rethink the aircraft as a whole through cooperation between the aeronautics and engine manufacturers for a transformed air sector that is more in tune with its environment and its people.
 

The aviation industry is set to change as quickly as possible

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