Canada-based seaplane airline Harbour Air aims to offer zero-emission, all-electric commercial flights by 2022. “There is a big revolution on the way,” CEO and founder Greg McDougall tells Energy Monitor.
Short-haul flights get a lot of attention, but France’s new measure to force journeys of less than 2.5 hours to be made by train not plane will reduce the country’s aviation emissions by only 0.8%.
Germany prioritises its renewables build-out, electric vehicles and hydrogen in a Covid-19 recovery plan that seeks to extend the Energiewende from the power sector to the rest of the economy.
European governments have pledged billions in clean energy investment in their Covid-19 recovery funds, but measures announced so far are a long way off the green recovery many had hoped for.
With aviation contributing to just 2% of global emissions, the attention it receives in the climate debate may seem exaggerated. Dig a little deeper and its impact becomes clearer.
European governments had unprecedented power to force airlines to lower their emissions in exchange for providing Covid-19 bailouts. They chose not to.