33th Congress of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences

15 - Guest lectures


R. van Manen, Clean Aviation, Belgium

The European Green Deal will enshrine climate-neutrality objective by 2050 in legislation. The task facing the aviation sector in the next decades is to develop and introduce safe, reliable, and affordable low- to zero emission air transport for citizens and to concurrently ensure Europe’s industrial leadership is maintained and strengthened throughout the transition to a climate-neutral Europe. The trajectory towards climate-neutral aviation is achievable but will be contingent on: [1] an exceptional research and technology effort to reduce energy needs and fuel consumption, while ensuring safety and competitiveness; [2] fast-tracked development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels/energy; [3] climate-optimised air operations and networks and [4] a suitable global aviation regulatory framework creating the conditions for a successful transition.rnClean Aviation will develop and demonstrate by 2030 disruptive new aircraft technologies which will deliver greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of no less than 30%, compared to 2020 state-of-the-art aircraft. rnThe technological and industrial readiness will allow the deployment of new aircraft with this performance no later than 2035, enabling 75% of the world’s civil aviation fleet to be replaced by 2050.rnThe aircraft developed will enable net CO2 reductions of up to 90% when combined with the effect of sustainable ‘drop-in’ fuels, or zero CO2 emissions in flight when using hydrogen as energy source.

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