According to a recent survey conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie (IfD) Allensbach on behalf of acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften, only 2% of the German population would fly less because of environmental and climate protection reasons.
Even these 2% can use the aircraft as a means of transport with a good conscience, because there are measures and possibilities to significantly and sustainably improve the climate balance of aviation until we can fly emission-free in a few decades.
In addition to fuel-efficient aircraft, optimal flight routes, etc., sustainable synthetic fuel in particular will make the decisive contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in aviation.
Several manufacturing techniques are already available today, they are approved and can already be used in daily flight operations without any problems. The commandment of the hour is now for airlines, especially in Germany, kerosene producers and airports to come together to agree on a strategy for the effective minimisation of emissions. Only in this way, emissions can already be reduced on a large scale. With synthetic kerosene of biogenic origin – depending on for the raw material – cannot only the CO₂ emissions be reduced by up to 80%, but also the particle emissions (fine dust, ultra-fine dust) can be reduced by up to 70%.
“German airlines must finally take action, use synthetic kerosene in their flight operations and therefore gradually replace the combustion of fossil resources. If we take climate protection in aviation seriously, it will cost all participants more in the future. Compensation payments are not a solution to the constantly increasing climate impact of aircrafts”, said Siegfried Knecht, Chairman of the Board of aireg.
About aireg e.V.
aireg – Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany e.V. was founded in 2011 as an association of companies and organizations from industry, research and science. As a non-profit initiative, aireg is committed to the availability and use of renewable energies in aviation in order to achieve the ambitious CO₂ reduction targets of the aviation industry. The members come from all areas of the value chain of renewable energies for aviation: This ranges from research at universities and large research institutions, plant manufacturers and operators, biorefineries, the petroleum industry, engine and aircraft manufacturers, government organizations, non-governmental organizations and airports to airlines. The industrial members cover a broad international spectrum from start-ups to large corporations.
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