Air transport decarbonisation pact is born

Define the road map to achieve the sustainability objectives of the air transport sector. This is the goal of Fr.act for the decarbonisation of air transport promoted by Aeroporti di Roma with the scientific support of the Politecnico di Milano which will present the results of the research “Sustainability in the air transport sectoro ”in July in an event sponsored by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility and with the support of the National Civil Aviation Authority. The Pact is composed of a Steering Committee to which representatives of institutions, trade associations, large Italian companies and associations for sustainability are adhering. The Pact was created to make a radical change to the achievement of sustainability objectives in the air transport sector in the context of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda and in this context the goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050.



Aviation produces around 2% of global CO2 emissions, but is nevertheless strongly committed to achieving ever higher levels of sustainability and to reducing its emissions. Considering that the aeronautics sector is a central element for economic and social development on a global level, which cannot be done without, as clearly highlighted during the pandemic period, there is a clear need to define a path that makes it compatible development of connectivity on a planetary level and protection of the environment.

The Observatory will therefore collect and disseminate scientific knowledge by putting resources and skills in different Italian sectors and academic realities that are an active part of the decarbonization process, with the aim of providing concrete answers to a series of questions that the sector must ask itself. and to which it is necessary to replicate in the most rigorous way possible, such as defining the methodological context in which to pursue “science-based” objectives, identifying the time limits for implementing the solutions identified, outlining the necessary interventions to ensure operational practicability , technological and economic within precise European and national regulatory frameworks.

“Enac has among its institutional mandates – declared the President of ENAC State Lawyer, Pierluigi Di Palma – also attention to environmental protection. The entire aeronautical system is vital for development and therefore its regulation in terms of sustainability is necessary and cannot be postponed to contribute to the reconciliation between air transport and the environment.. The decarbonisation of air transport, promoted by Aeroporti di Roma thanks to the support of the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility and with the participation of Enac, must see all the players in the sector convinced of the commitment to pursue the best and most innovative solutions to protect needs of citizens, guaranteeing, in fact, sustainable growth of the sector in compliance with the international commitments undertaken by Italy “.

The decarbonisation of air transport – he has declared Marco TronconeCEO of Aeroporti di Roma – it is a key challenge for which the sector can and must be ready. However, the complexity of the path, also characterized by still immature technological solutions or by currently prohibitive costs, requires careful reflection. An analysis phase is therefore necessary, which rests on solid technical foundations, which translates wishes into concrete action plans with challenging but realistic stages, which guarantees consistency of the targets with what science indicates to us as necessary and really feasible, and finally that define the necessary framework of policies to support the transition. To this end, the Pact for the Decarbonization of Air Transport is an open initiative that aims to involve all the key players to define a shared roadmap “.

“In the next few years – he underlined Alfredo Altavillaexecutive president of Ita Airways – our sector will be committed to carrying out an ambitious technological and cultural transformation, with the aim of achieving the highest levels of sustainability and decarbonisation. We are therefore pleased to be part of this important initiative and to be able to contribute to the definition of innovative actions that will allow Italian air transport to meet the objectives of reducing its emissions, while preserving the competitiveness of the industry. Ita Airways has already started the path towards a more sustainable future through the renewal of its fleet, with the gradual introduction of modern and environment-friendly aircraft, equipped with cutting-edge technologies, which will make it possible to reduce, over the 2022- 2026, CO2 emissions of 750 thousand tons “.

As part of the Observatory, all the initiatives available to reduce emissions in the sector will therefore be analyzed and assessed in an organic way including, for example, the development of sustainable fuels and the necessary infrastructures, the use of energy from renewable sources, new technologies for aircraft propulsion, the implementation of rail-air intermodality integrated in all its aspects – from the infrastructural one , commercial and passenger services. In this context, the transitional compensation measures to be used pending the full implementation of the solutions identified will also be evaluated. The Pact provides for the development of academic research curated by the Energy & Strategy group of the Politecnico di Milano, the contents of which will be discussed in some thematic working tables in which the Steering Committee will take part.

Antonio LoboscoChief Operating Officer: “to cope with the increase in GHG emissions, the European Union has set decarbonization objectives with different time horizons (eg 2020, 2030, 2050)reported in various regulatory provisions such as Climate Energy Package (-20% GHG by 2020 compared to 1990) and the Green New Deal (-55% of GHG by 2030 compared to 1990). The ultimate aim is to achieve emission neutrality by 2050. In this context, the “Fit for 55” package of measures will be discussed in the coming months by the Council and the European Parliament. It also includes some measures aimed at air transport, including the progressive increase of the emission reduction target by 2030 from 43% (current ETS target) to 61% (compared to 2005 values), and the ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative, to introduce the use of “Sustainable Aviation Fuel” and “Synthetic Aviation Fuel” in aircraft “.



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