16th June 2022
EP Report

Etihad Airways chief Tony Douglas has said achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 poses the "biggest challenge" for commercial aviation, in a reality check for the industry.

 

Last year, the International Air Transport Association pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, which is also a target of the United Arab Emirates and several other countries.

 

"The biggest challenge to commercial aviation is the commitment that's been made to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050," the Abu Dhabi-based airline's CEO told the Global Aerospace Summit in the UAE capital.

 

"As a gentleman of more mature years, it's very easy for me and others to sign up to something like that, almost with the anticipation that it will be the next generation who has the responsibility to deliver upon that commitment."

 

The aviation industry is among the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases, with airlines looking at hydrogen-fuelled aircraft to reduce CO2 emissions.

 

IATA, which represents 290 airlines accounting for 83 percent of global air traffic, made its net-zero pledge in October.


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