Netherlands to cut 35% civil aviation CO2 emissions by 2030

By On October 10, 2018

Netherlands to cut 35% civil aviation CO2 emissions by 2030

Twenty aviation companies have presented a seven-step “Smart and Sustainable” plan to the Dutch infrastructure minister, with the goal of cutting at least 35% of Netherlands-originating civil aviation CO2 emissions by 2030.

The 20 transport and research organizationsâ€"which include UK LCC easyJet, Dutch carrier KLM and its sister leisure airline Transavia, as well as Germany’s TUI Groupâ€"said Oct. 3 that they want to accelerate existing efforts to make aviation sustainable, positioning the Netherlands as a world leader in sustainable aviation.

“Independent research and consultancy CE Delft has assessed the plan as ambitious and concrete, and concluded that the objectives are entirely achievable,” the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) said, announcing the initiative.

The seven â €œSmart and Sustainable” themes comprise optimized operations (including direct flight routes and improved takeoff and landing procedures), leveraging airport fees to encourage cleaner aircraft, the use of sustainable fuels, “radical” fleet renewal and electric aircraft, using trains and other sustainable alternatives for short-distance travel, emissions-free airports and more efficient journeys to and from the airport.

“Schiphol intends to differentiate airport charges (between 2019 and 2022) partly on the basis of climate impact. Airlines will pay less to use quieter and generally cleaner aircraft, while the costs for noisier, more polluting aircraft will increase,” NLR said.

By 2030, all Royal Schiphol Group airport terminals, offices, and ground operations will be climate neutral,” it added. Airports operator Schiphol Group is one of the companies participating in the initiative.

Victoria Moores

Source: Google News Netherlands | Netizen 24 Netherlands

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