© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Business jets are seen at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/David Baker
By Alison Lambert
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other industry groups committed Tuesday to reducing “zero” carbon emissions by 2050 as the industry’s leading private jet show kicks off in Las Vegas.
Business Aviation has joined forces with airlines and airports in advancing its plans to tackle climate change. Earlier, the industry pledged to halve emissions from 2005 levels by 2050.
Aviation accounts for nearly 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions, and the increase in private travel is putting the business aviation industry under even greater pressure to cut emissions.
Aviation brokers and other industry executives at the show told Reuters that buyers are looking for more efficient models and asking for compensation, but none of them are putting off buying corporate jets or private travel because of the environment.
While commercial aviation emits a fraction of the pollution compared to commercial aviation, private travel has been subject to widespread scrutiny because it generates more emissions per passenger than scheduled air traffic.
The world is calling for sustainability, said Ed Boleyn, chief executive of the association.
A week ago, a group representing global airlines set the same goal at their annual general meeting in Boston.
Aircraft makers are adding more recycled materials to planes, looking for ways to lighten planes to burn less fuel and working on a new generation of electric planes.
But like airlines, airline executives agree that the fastest way to cut emissions is through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is not widely available due to its high costs.
The US Department of Energy’s website says that sustainable aviation fuel is “made from renewable biomass and waste resources” and has the potential to “deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel but at a fraction of its carbon footprint.”
Eric Traber, CEO of Dassault Aviation SA, said: “The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) will rapidly decarbonize the industry.
While the SAF is now short of supplies to meet the needs of commercial aviation, increased production could easily meet private flights, Trapier said.
“Our customers are willing to pay a little more for fuel,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of the exhibition.
Dassault said France’s flagship Falcon 10X aircraft will come with engines designed to run entirely on sustainable aviation fuel.
Trappier said the 10X had requests and had attracted “a lot of interest” but did not provide specific numbers.
According to a recent forecast on business aviation by Honeywell International (NASDAQ:), 83% of respondents to the 2021 survey said they currently do not use any routes for “greener” flight operations.
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