On the road to a carbon neutral footprint in Europe

Joint research from European universities wants European aviation to have a carbon neutral footprint. The deadline is from here to 2050, and you want to end one of the protagonists of climate change.

It is estimated that the aviation industry accounts for 12% of the carbon dioxide emissions emitted in transport worldwide. We are dealing with a fairly polluting means of transport, and that is that the more than a billion travelers that fly through the skies annually, we can consider ourselves responsible for 8% of the planet’s emissions. For this reason, within the framework of the future European Union R & D & I program to be called Horizon Europe, a group of universities will try to ensure that European aviation has a carbon neutral footprint before 2050.

You already know the countless negative effects that carbon dioxide emissions cause. Among them, the melting of the poles, a problem in which last year we managed to achieve more regrettable record numbers. How good…! The future of the planet is in our hands, and that is why it is important to promote research like this, to make human beings more responsible with the environment.

However, we must be aware that we too can lessen our influence on climate change. Remember, that we are all responsible, and that with a few simple behaviors and habits, we can contribute our bit. For example, seriously considering whether it is necessary to use so much polluting transport.

Zero net greenhouse gas emissions
That is the goal of this joint research of companies and research centers of the aeronautical sector of the 27 member countries. In the case of Spain, the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) will be part of this fight to achieve a carbon neutral footprint.

This research seeks to make air transport safer, more reliable, affordable and cleaner. How will it be achieved? The idea is to discover how to revolutionize the technologies used in aircraft and their propulsion systems. In addition, encourage the use of more sustainable fuels or directly get a plane like the current ones that do not consume fossil fuels.

To make this a reality in 2050, the project has two horizons. The first will be in 2030, with the demonstration of low-emission aircraft that take advantage of sustainable fuels. The intention is to demonstrate viable projects so that airlines and operators can carry them out between 2030 and 2035. Once this step has been completed, the next step will be to make it a reality and improve processes until reaching a carbon neutral footprint aviation.

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