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Danish aviation to be “CO2 neutral by 2050”

The aviation sector in Denmark is banding together to propose new joint industry initiatives towards greener aviation.

Danish aviation is about to take “a giant and very ambitious step towards greener aviation”, Copenhagen Airport has announced.

The Dansk Luftfart aviation trade association has launched a new joint initiative whose climate proposals comprise a number of targeted initiatives to ensure that the Danish aviation industry will be CO2 neutral by 2050.

Initially, Danish airports will be CO2 neutral from 2020, while, also from 2020, the country’s domestic air traffic will be 100% CO2 compensated.

By 2030, the fossil footprint of Danish aviation will be reduced by 30% compared with 2017.

Eventually, Copenhagen Airport will have made “an active contribution” to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement, meaning it will comply with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that aviation must be CO2 neutral by 2050.

Copenhagen Airport says it will support the demand for sustainable fuel and other long-term technological solutions that reduce fossil emissions.

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It is the first time that the country’s aviation industry has banded together to come up with a joint climate initiative.

“As an airport, we naturally bear a responsibility for the society we are a part of. That is why, for a number of years now, we have been implementing numerous initiatives that will improve our climate: for example, cooling our terminals with groundwater, replacing lights, installing solar cells and much more,” explains Thomas Woldbye, chief executive of Copenhagen Airport.

“But we as an airport cannot tackle climate challenges alone. That’s why we are delighted that Copenhagen Airport is part of an ambitious, joint industry initiative targeting climate issues.”

Dansk Luftfart is also proposing a new Aviation Climate Partnership, which would consist of aviation insiders, policy makers, think tanks and researchers, to eventually come up with recommendations for a climate policy strategy for Danish aviation.

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