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The Roadmap to True Zero: Targeting not only CO2 but aviation's total environmental impact | Roland Berger
The Roadmap to True Zero: Targeting not only CO2 but aviation's total environmental impact
Mon 28 Sept 2020 - While scientific uncertainty remains over the exact quantum of aviation's non-CO2 effects, the practical reality is quite clear: both CO2 and non-CO2 effects contribute to warming and are extremely important to mitigate. For aviation to remove its total environmental footprint, the industry must work to tackle both carbon and non-carbon effects with equal emphasis and aim for a 'True Zero'. So how can aviation remove its environmental impact by 2050? Nikhil Sachdeva outlines Roland Berger's proposed Roadmap to True Zero: a 5-step plan to deploy a mixture of conventional and revolutionary technologies for range-specific missions, including electric, hydrogen and SAFs, and 'low hanging fruit' improvements such as trajectory optimisation. Read more ...

Rebuilding air transport with a zero-carbon future in the post-Covid green recovery | Chris Lyle
Rebuilding air transport with a zero-carbon future in the post-Covid green recovery
Mon 29 June 2020 - Covid-19 has hit air transport particularly hard. As aviation focuses on rebuilding in a 'new normal' framework of health and safety, traveller apprehension and regulatory structure - at a time of severe economic constraints and volatility - the issue of the sector's contribution to climate change is at risk of being sidelined. But concerns regarding that contribution are growing in the light of the Paris Agreement targets and increasing recognition of the threat of climate change. At the same time, new fuel sources are evolving in the form of synthetics and electric powerplants that have the potential to reduce air transport's flight operational emissions close to zero by 2050. The key challenges are financing the high costs involved and setting appropriate policies to encourage investment and uptake. Chris Lyle suggests a refocus on the emissions mitigation framework to be built into the air transport recovery process. Read more ...