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Leaders point out priorities at the Sustainable Aviation Forum

Despite the current crisis faced by global aviation, the industry continues to pursue sustainability, especially when the sector begins to recover. During the Global Forum on Sustainable Aviation, industry leaders reiterated that a long-term climate action should be a priority along with economic recovery in the years to come. The executive director of the intersectoral Air Transport Action Group Michael Gill said, “Air transport is experiencing the deepest shock in its history. We expect a reduction of up to 4.8 million jobs in the sector by the end of the year, and a major impact on our ability to connect the world. However, as we plan to recover aerial connectivity, we must also prioritize our environmental progress. Our industry has a long-term climate change goal of halving CO2 emissions by 2050. With the right help from governments, the energy sector, and technologists, we expect global aviation to be able to achieve zero net emissions in a decade or later. Some parts of the world will be able to reach that point sooner, and several individual companies have already set goals in that direction. To achieve this, we will need a transition from our fossil fuel energy source to sustainable aviation fuel, the acceleration of research, and development for electric, hybrid, and potentially hydrogen powered aircraft. It will also require a commitment to collaboration that goes beyond our current levels. We have the next decade to set the stage for sustainable global connectivity for the next 30-40 years”.