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Civil aviation is a global engine that contributes decisively to improving our lives and already has a clear objective to reach zero emissions.
Beyond what we are used to hearing, sustainability is essentially a committed way of thinking. It means a responsibility assumed by the person himself, by the employer, by the worker, by the entity or by the group, to create current and future well-being by properly managing all available assets. Indeed, sustainability is an attribute of development that ensures the needs of the present without putting at risk the resources of future generations.
In the context in which we live, the aeronautical industry is a backbone of development. Nothing would be as we know it today without the direct or indirect participation of aeronautics. Aviation is an essential vehicle for the global economy thanks to the shipment of goods between regions, especially when it comes to perishable food. It is also essential in order to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian needs anywhere in the world. It is a medium that facilitates national and international business. It is also a basic pillar for the tourism industry and, therefore, for the development of regions that otherwise would not develop as they are.
In short, aeronautics is a global engine that positively affects our lives, sometimes without even knowing it, and is consequently a social good.
It is also true that aviation is the source of part of the pollution of anthropogenic origin that is affecting climate change. In fact, approximately 2-3% of greenhouse gas emissions come from air transport.
In general, it can be said that there are three dimensions that we must consider when addressing a sustainability strategy: the economic dimension, the social dimension and the environmental dimension. Which is more important? Actually, all of them.
Considering the benefits of aeronautics in its social and economic dimensions, we must act on that which requires a necessary margin for improvement. That is why, since the last decade of the 20th century, advances in this matter have accelerated significantly. Innovation, research and development of new solutions that improve aircraft efficiency have become priorities for the entire sector.
There is a collective commitment to zero emission aviation and a roadmap that clearly brings us closer to those goals. This infographic, based on the report of the Sustainability Committee of the Official Association of Aeronautical Engineers of Spain (COIAE), shows the reality of this global effort that is being carried out so that aeronautics soon becomes a truly sustainable activity.