Former Airbus exec says aviation industry needs to embrace alternate propulsion

Feb. 3, 2022
That aviation as an industry needs to move towards decarbonization is no longer up for debate, Linnea Ahlgren writes for Simple Flying.

PARIS - Could aircraft and engine manufacturers do more to speed up the transition towards decarbonization? An ex-Airbus executive, whose frustration with the failure of aviation to work towards climate targets has grown over the years, says the industry needs to get off its lazy butt and stop placing all the responsibility with fuel suppliers, Linnea Ahlgren reports for Simple FlyingContinue reading original article.

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3 Feb. 2022 -Paul Eremenko, who once served as Airbus' chief technology officer, now works as the CEO (and co-founder) of Universal Hydrogen, a fuel logistics company, says the aviation industry needs to work towards Paris Agreement carbon reduction goals.

"This is not the solution for decarbonizing aviation," Ermenko says. "This is not the solution for meeting the Paris Agreement goals. We can change the airplane; it’s been done. We can change the engine. We can change the powertrain. It’s been done. And so I view it as a wake-up call for us to get off of our lazy butts as an aviation sector and make those necessary changes."

"My level of frustration with the fact that the aviation industry, in general, had no plausible roadmap for meeting the Paris Agreement. Emissions were growing over the years," Ermenko says. "I mean, the Paris Agreement represents about as much of a consensus as we have as a species right around where we need to go with emissions. And we as an industry are just going in the opposite direction?"

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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