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Electric flying on all short-haul flights by 2040 by Norway.
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Norway already plays a global role model when it comes to the transition to electric passenger transport. But the country has bigger ambitions: in 2040, Norway wants to carry out all short-haul flights completely electrically.
This is what Avinor, Norway's national airport manager, says The Local.

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Day Falk-Petersen, CEO of Avinor, told AFP: "We think that all flights that last less than one and a half hours can be completed electrically." This would mean that domestic flights as well as flights to and from neighboring countries by 2040 with an electric aircraft can be flown.
As a first step, Avinor launches a tender to test a commercial route with a small electric aircraft (nineteen seats). This pilot project must start in 2025. "If we have achieved our goal, aviation will no longer be a problem for the climate, but a solution", says Falk-Petersen.

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The impact of aviation on the environment is large and is only increasing. More environmentally friendly solutions, such as electric aircraft, are therefore more than welcome.
There is now a lot of pressure being built on the technology for electric aircraft. Several companies are working on technology, such as Airbus, Siemens, NASA and the founder of Solar Impulse. The American start-up Zunum Aero is also developing an electric aircraft and recently received investments from Boeing and JetBlue.

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Norway is an absolute forerunner in the field of electric transport and transport. In the country, electric cars currently have a market share of 52 percent. There is also a ban on diesel and petrol cars on the schedule. It must start in 2025.
It has been a lot of news lately: the aviation sector is killing for the climate. A real solution does not seem to be available for the time being. In fact, aviation is growing steadily. And with that, the CO2 emissions and environmental impact of the sector in the coming years will also only increase.

How big is the problem?

  • There are 5,000 airlines worldwide. There are 17,000 airports and 25,000 aircraft in use.
  • The global CO2 emission is 2% equals 781 million kg of CO2
  • If aviation were a country it would be in the top 10 of most polluting countries.
  • Commercial aviation will double in 2020
  • The CO2 emission is then 70% greater than in 2005.
  • The harmful emissions of an aircraft include: nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and sulfur oxide.

Solutions?

The question is: how do we reduce the environmental impact of the aviation sector? Real solutions are not yet available. A lot is happening in the field of electric flying, but for the time being it is in its infancy. The first commercial aircraft with electric drive must at least still look up the airspace.
CO2 compensation also seems to be just a patch on the wounds, instead of a real solution. Paying extra for your flight to compensate for CO2 emissions is not yet popular. In 2016 only 1 in 800 travelers opted to pay for a more sustainable journey.

By: Hidde Middelweerd

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