Qatar Airway CEO: Aviation to Miss Zero Carbon Emission Milestone of 2050. The Carbon Emission target is too aggressive in the real world. He presented his views at an annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). His views were in response to the IATA pledge to “fly net zero by 2050” set in October 2021.
He backed his comments while highlighting shortcomings in the aviation industry along with the lack of raw materials to achieve such goals. This is an ambitious undertaking, but goals are always set high.
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The warning issued by one of the industry’s most prominent leaders comes just days before global airlines are scheduled to discuss how to implement their climate pledge at the annual meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Istanbul in June.
Airlines are currently locked in a standoff with the energy industry over the availability of supplies for aviation. They are concerned that a supply gap could hinder their efforts to meet their climate target.
Moreover, there is a lack of consensus on who should bear the cost of increasing production, while some environmental organizations argue that the plans are not ambitious enough. Airbus is actively promoting initiatives to develop a small commercial aircraft powered by hydrogen by the year 2035.
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Boeing’s Calhoun has expressed the view that such technology will only reach maturity in the latter half of the century. Qatar Airway CEO: Aviation to Miss Zero Carbon Emission Milestone of 2050. The time will tell the reality.
In 2021, nations participating in a United Nations body reached an agreement on a long-term aspirational goal to achieve net-zero aviation emissions by 2050, lending political support to a target initially adopted by IATA and other industry stakeholders, including airports and aircraft manufacturers, back in 2019.
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