Airbus (AIR.PA) and Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) have urged policymakers to use EU-backed green stimulus funds to support aircraft sales, according to documents released on Thursday by InfluenceMap, an investor-led climate lobbying watchdog.
In papers and presentations to officials including European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans' staff, the companies argued that taxpayer-funded incentives on current plane models could cut emissions by retiring more older, less efficient jets.
"Support could take the form of a 'green stimulus' subsidy scheme," according to an Air France-KLM "key messages" digest dated March 26. The airline group declined to comment.
Ref: https://www.reuters.com/business/aerosp ... 021-06-10/
This seems to be asking to use taxpayer money targeted to green initiatives to buy the planes they were already planning to buy.
It's an interesting ploy, but it seems the greens aren't buying it:
"The (aviation) industry has communicated high-level support for net-zero EU aviation emissions by 2050 while opposing specific national and EU-level climate regulations to help deliver that target," InfluenceMap said.
Major carriers that received 30 billion euros in COVID-19 crisis bailouts are "among the most significant opponents of ambitious climate policy in the region," it added.
In other words, they are saying that the aviation industry is two-faced.
On a similar theme, a dfferent Reuters article says:
Most airliners will rely on traditional jet engines until at least 2050, Airbus (AIR.PA) told European Union officials in a briefing released on Thursday on its research into creating zero-emissions hydrogen fuelled planes.
The planemaker says it plans to develop the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035, but has not publicly said whether the technology will be ready for the replacement for the medium-haul A320, due to be rolled out in the 2030s.
February's briefing to EU officials appeared to rule this out.
"Zero-emission hydrogen aircraft will be primarily focused on regional and shorter-range aircraft from 2035. Which means that current and future iterations of highly efficient gas turbines will still be required as we move towards 2050, especially for long-haul operations," the presentation said.
This isn't throwing in the towel for hydrogen aircraft just yet, but it surely is preparing the way to throw in the towel, IMO.
Seems to me to also be two-faced: we'll take the free R&D money to play with hydrogen tech, but don't expect anything more than a regional aircraft (or something for routes shorter than regional whatever that means) because we also want R&D money for "future iterations of highly efficient gas turbines" i.e. traditional carbon burning jet engines.