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US business aviation industry committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

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The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other industry groups on Tuesday committed to “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050, as the region’s premier private jet show began in Las Vegas.

Commercial aviation has joined airlines and airports in bolstering their plans to tackle climate change. Previously, the industry promised to halve emissions by 2050 from 2005 levels.

Aviation accounts for about 3% of global CO2 emissions, and the increase in private travel is putting the business aviation industry under 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 about offsetting, but no one is putting off purchases of corporate aircraft or private travel because of the environment. .

While commercial aviation emits a fraction of the pollution compared to commercial, private travel has come under widespread scrutiny because it generates more emissions per passenger than scheduled airline traffic.

“The world is seeking stability,” NBAA chief executive Ed Bolan told reporters.

A week earlier, a group representing global airlines set the same goal at its annual general meeting in Boston.

Planners 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, corporate aircraft executives agree that the fastest way to cut emissions is through the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is not widely available because of its high cost.

The US Department of Energy’s website says that sustainable aviation fuel is “composed of renewable biomass and waste resources” and has the “potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel, but with a fraction of its carbon footprint.”

Dassault Aviation SA . “SAF will decarbonize the industry quickly,” said Eric Trappier, CEO of the company.

While SAF is now in short supply to meet the needs of commercial aviation, private flights accelerating in production can be more easily satisfied, Trappier said.

“Our customers, they are ready to pay a little more for fuel,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of the show.

Dassault said the French planmaker’s flagship Falcon 10X jet will come with engines designed to run entirely on sustainable aviation fuel.

Trappier said 10X has orders and has “garnered a lot of attention” but would not give specific numbers.

According to a recent forecast on commercial aviation by Honeywell International, 83% of 2021 survey respondents said they do not currently use any methods for “eco-friendly” flight operations.

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