Putting into action our determination to Build Back Better from COVID-19, we invite European and national policy-makers to be strong partners in this endeavour, strengthening the pillars described in the Destination 2050 roadmap and taking into account the Air Transport Action Group’s (ATAG) Waypoint 2050 report, presenting decarbonisation pathways for the global aviation sector. Indeed, the above-mentioned commitments are subject to securing the required supporting policy and financing framework at EU and national level.
We urge national governments and the EU to establish a policy framework that effectively enables industry to decarbonise and provides the necessary clarity and stability. The European Green Deal offers a great opportunity for this. All actors of our sector should be able to recover the costs of decarbonisation through access to private capital and relevant public funding. As such, it is critical that decarbonisation initiatives of all stakeholders in the air transport ecosystem are included in the EU taxonomy for sustainable investments as well as the European Investment Bank (EIB) lending policies.
Air transport growth and the revenues it generates will enable the aviation ecosystem to invest into its successful green transformation. Based on the Destination 2050 roadmap, European air passenger numbers are still projected to grow by an average of approximately 1.4% per year until 2050, without compromising the sector’s ability to reach net zero CO2 emissions in 2050. Destination 2050 thus shows that European air transport can grow in a sustainable manner.
The modelling in Destination 2050 identified a range of emissions reductions stemming from the above mentioned four pillars (point 7) which taken together can deliver net zero CO2 emissions for flights within and departing from the EU by 2050.
To fulfil the CO2 reduction potential of the four pillars analysed in the roadmap:
Through these commitments, the European aviation sector is also making a significant contribution to its proposed EU Pact for Sustainable Aviation, set forth in the Round Table Report on the Recovery of European Aviation. This Pact would allow the formalisation and enactment of the required partnership between industry and European & national policy makers ensuring agreement on joint sustainability targets and alignment between the related industry contribution and roadmap on the one hand and the enabling regulatory and financial framework on the other.
We are counting on the European institutions and Member States to actively embrace and drive our proposed EU Pact forward.