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European Countries Endorse Toulouse Declaration to Aid Net-Zero 2050 Goal

The European aviation plan to reach net CO2 emissions by 2050 has taken a step further after the Destination 2050 Assembly, along with its members, endorsed the “Toulouse Declaration”, the first public and private initiative that establishes a common vision and helps the European aviation sector achieve its goal .

Besides, as announced by Airports Council International, this is the first joint initiative of its kind globally, reports.

In 2021, the Destination 2050 roadmap was launched by five leading aviation associations in Europe, which represent, among other things, airports, airlines and aerospace manufacturers as well as air navigation service providers.

The Destination 2050 Assembly expects the declaration to be translated into concrete policy actions.

“The industry is already transitioning to a carbon-neutral future through improvements in aircraft and engine technologies, development of sustainable aviation fuels, improved air traffic management and aircraft operations, as well as through effective economic measures. An effective policy, regulatory and financial framework is needed at European and national level to support and accelerate This transformation,” it said in the statement.

In addition, the Destination 2050 partners will urge the EU Commission as well as EU member states that have signed the “Toulouse Declaration” to develop and support the plan as a next step towards the EU Pact on Decarbonization of Aviation.

In this agreement, EU member states along with the Commission must ensure that the industry has reviewed and completed the appropriate legislative package of 55, the EU’s goal of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, by at least 55 percent, Including:

Public and private funding to direct investments Initiatives to allocate revenue from ETS to support concrete decarbonization activities in the aviation sector More sustainable airport infrastructure

“Proponents of the declaration also committed to working with the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization to adopt an “ambitious long-term target” for aviation in line with efforts to reach net carbon dioxide in 2050. Adoption of such a target would occur during the organization’s 41st General Assembly. International Civil Aviation in September 2022,” the statement said.

Besides the aviation industry, the rail industry is also trying to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

In order to combat the climate crisis, the authorities in European countries intend to reach carbon neutrality in the future by establishing railways to connect regions within this continent.

In this regard, Carlo Borghini, President of Shift2Rail, the European Union body responsible for research and innovation in the railway industry, stressed that the use of railways would have impressive credentials responsible for about 0.5 per cent of the carbon emissions of EU countries.

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