International Airport Review - Gaël Le Bris / Marc Houalla

Sustainability is one of the most important driving forces behind the future development of airports. For International Airport Review, Marc Houalla, Deputy Executive Director of Groupe ADP and Managing Director of Paris-Charles De Gaulle, explains more.

The European aviation community is always at the forefront of climate actions. The European Green Deal is an ambitious initiative of the European Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen. Applauded by world leaders and global companies, it demonstrates the commitment and resolve of Europe in reducing carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 and achieving zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. The realisation of this goal will make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world.

To map out a clear path to achieve the commitment of a 90 per cent reduction in transport-related greenhouse gas by 2050 under the Green Deal, the aviation sector has launched massive research programmes, including the development of hydrogen aircraft and an industrial SAF (Synthetic Aircraft Fuel) production programme. Some member states are pushing for greater utilisation of rail transportation. For example, the French government has enacted a law to ban domestic routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two and a half hours. 

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