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Swedish air transport industry united on path to fossil-free travel

2018-04-25, kl. 15:52

The Swedish air transport industry today submitted its route plan for fossil-free travel to the Swedish government. The air travel of the future needs to be fossil-free, and the route map demonstrates both a potential path forward and the industry's unanimity in its ambition to reduce the climate impact of air travel.

Representatives from the Swedish aviation business handing over a document

The Swedish air transport industry today submitted its route plan for fossil-free travel to Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin. Under the framework for the government initiative Fossil Free Sweden, the Swedish air transport industry, together with others, including fuel producers and representatives from the world of research, have developed a route plan for how air travel can contribute to the government’s goal of fossil-free travel by 2045.

The plan sketches out how, first, domestic air travel can be fossil-free by 2030 and then also international air travel from Sweden – and thus all Swedish air travel – by 2045. A great deal of work remains, but the route plan demonstrates both a potential way forward and the unanimity of the air transport industry in its ambition to make air transport fossil-free.  

The future of air transport – both air travel and airports – needs to be fossil-free, and the route plan demonstrates a potential way forward and the unanimity of the air transport industry in its ambition to reduce the climate impact of air transport.

Click here to read the route plan (in Swedish) on the Swedish Air Transport Society’s website.

The air transport industry and the Fossil Free Sweden identify a large-scale switch to bio fuel as one of the most important solutions to reduce the climate impact of air transport, together with efficiency improvements and the development of new technology, such as hybrid aircraft.

Shown in the picture are Ministers Mikael Damberg and Isabella Lövin together with Christian Clemens, CEO of Braathens Regional Airlines, and Henrik Littorin, acting Secretary-General of the Swedish Air Transport Society.