Aviation industry sets sustainability targets

Advisory council aims for lower fuel use, emissions, noise; reduced life-cycle impacts of aircraft

The European aeronautics industry yesterday announced strategic research goals that aim to help aviation move into "the age of sustainable growth" by yielding big cuts in emissions and other environmental impacts by 2020, at the same time as improving quality, safety, efficiency of the transport system and security.

In its maiden report, industry advisory council Acare, comprising European Commission, member state and industry representatives, points out that its strategy aims to prevent the industry's projected expansion being curtailed by "unacceptable environmental impacts".

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