Norway Aviation Aims to Turn Green

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 14:37

Norway, the largest oil and gas producer in Western Europe, is paradoxically a pioneer in the field of electric transport. The Nordic nation aims for all new vehicle registrations to be zero emission by 2025 and launched a first electric ferry in early 2015.

After land and water, the northern kingdom is now turning to the sky with the goal of electrifying all short haul flights in just over 20 years, Gulf News reports.

Air transportation’s impact on global warming is estimated at around five per cent through CO2 emissions and other substances, including nitrogen oxide and water vapor.

As the number of air passengers is expected to almost double by 2036 to 7.8 billion per year, according to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) projections, aviation’s impact is on a course to increase substantially if nothing is done.

Meanwhile, the airline industry aims to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2050 from 2005 levels. Airbus aims to develop a hybrid model called E-Fan X, and has teamed up with British engine maker Rolls-Royce and German industrial group Siemens. The first flight is planned for 2020.

Airbus offered several years ago updated aircraft with 15 per cent fuel savings, and as jet fuel is a major cost for airlines, they quickly placed orders for thousands as they tried to get ahead of rivals.

The transition to electric could also provide another advantage: they are much quieter, meaning they may win exceptions to restrictions imposed due to noise near residential areas.

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