EU invites airline industry players to join the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation
In order to meet carbon emission targets, the European Commission has published the list of the first members of the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation (AZEA), which aims to reduce pollution from aviation by following the guidelines offered by the EU.
According to a press release issued by the European Commission, the members of the AZEA, which will include companies from the air transport ecosystem such as the aviation industry, aircraft lessors, airlines, suppliers of energy, airports, civil society organizations and business associations, will be able to prepare for zero-emission aviation, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The European Union Aviation Safety (EASA) and Eurocontrol, which are Europe’s main air traffic management organisations, also joined the Alliance, launched by Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton in June.
The inclusion of different air transport stakeholders highlights the Alliance’s principles that the benefits of zero-emission aircraft can be achieved through a joint effort. AZEA also aims to solve several issues related to the fuel and infrastructure needs of hydrogen and electric aircraft at airports, in addition to the supply of renewable alternatives, standardization and certifications.
So far, the Alliance has 74 members who have joined the EU’s first wave and beyond, with one of the main plans being hydrogen and electric planes.
The Alliance plans to hold its first General Assembly on November 14 in Brussels, which will be open to any interested party wishing to become a member.
AZEA is an initiative of private and public partners who promote and aim to prepare the entry into commercial service of hydrogen and electric aircraft, regardless of the companies, as small industry players and start-ups working on air transport solutions are welcome.
In other words, the Alliance plans to prepare the market for the entry into service of zero-emission aircraft, including fuels used in airport infrastructure, and also to identify and prioritize the challenges arising from the transition to zero-emission aircraft.
The Alliance will be open to participation by all players in the aviation industry and the wider aviation community, including energy producers.
On May 5, 2021, the European Commission announced the communication on the update of the new industrial strategy 2020 by planning to prepare an alliance on zero emission aviation. Months later, on September 1, the Commission launched the AZEA public consultation, which closed on October 15. Endorsement of the Toulouse Declaration followed the following year, on February 4, 2022, while the official launch of the European Alliance for Zero Emissions Aviation was finalized on June 24.