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Climate protection agreement: the aviation industry should become greener


In order to achieve Germany's climate goals, the transport sector has to be rebuilt. For the first time, the aviation industry has agreed targets for its own conversion with the government.

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Lufthansa Airbus at Frankfurt Airport


Oliver Berg / dpa / dpaweb

By 2030, airlines in this country should use at least 200,000 tons of sustainably produced kerosene.

Several ministries as well as aviation, industry and mineral oil associations have agreed on this.

They presented a corresponding program in Berlin.

The agreed amount corresponds to around two percent of the consumption of all aircraft taking off from Germany in 2019. It needs a "joint commitment by the government and industry," said the chief executive of the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL), Matthias von Randow.

"That has now happened."

In the paper, those involved concentrate on new drive technologies in the form of the so-called power-to-liquid process (PtL): liquid fuels are produced from electrically generated hydrogen and the addition of CO₂.

The technology is considered expensive - and only makes sense from an environmental point of view under one condition: PtL fuels are only green if the electricity for their generation also comes from renewable sources.

But that is hardly possible.

The concept says that the need is so high that Germany cannot meet it on its own.

Therefore, green electricity would also have to be imported from abroad.

However, pure battery solutions are technically hardly conceivable for global air traffic.

sbo / dpa

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-05-08

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