All you need to know about the complex challenges and solutions to get the aviation sector on a more sustainable path: we are pleased to release a new episode of The Basics & The Gaps.
Aviation accounts for 2-3% of all global CO2 emissions and is the fastest-growing emitter in the transport sector. However, if we take into account aviation’s non-CO2 effects, the industry accounts for 3.5% of global warming, with the largest contributor to its warming effect being contrails. To steer the aviation sector onto a more sustainable path, focus should be placed on:
✅ Low-hanging fruit: Improving aircraft and operational efficiency to reduce fuel consumption and bring down emissions.
✅ Technology: Ambitiously deploying electric, hydrogen, and SAF technologies, in place of conventional planes, to reduce aviation’s warming effect on the planet.
✅ Contrail avoidance: Rerouting ~10% of flights to avoid forming ~80% of all contrails, the single largest contributor to aviation’s warming effect.
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