Collaboration is key: Norway’s efforts to shape a sustainable future for the aviation industry just got a European dimension with the establishment of a European Task Force. The goal is to support Norway’s efforts and transfer learnings to other European regions.
Norway is a kind of laboratory when it comes to sustainable aviation. The reason for this, besides the political will to make it happen, lies in the country’s geography: fjords and mountains rule out ground traffic in many places. This leads to very short routes for air travel – ideal for experiments with new types of aircraft such as electric or hybrid.
Norway’s ambitions just got a European dimension as key players from the European aviation industry came together in Oslo for the kick-off meeting of the Task Force on Zero Emissions Aviation. The participants included representatives from Airbus, Avinor, Leonardo, Safran, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Widerøe. The task force is led by the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The goals are twofold: the task force’s programme seeks to support the Norwegian aviation industry in its transformation. In turn, this will provide a learning ground for the wider region – a win-win situation for Norway and its European partners from business and government agencies.
There is a significant commitment to this initiative. We believe collaboration is key to succeed in finding new solutions and reducing emissions.
The importance of cooperation across the industry was emphasised by Lars Kobberstad, Director General of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority: “There is a significant commitment to this initiative. We believe collaboration is key to succeed in finding new solutions and reducing emissions. Norway is well-positioned to become an arena for innovation in the field because of our well-developed network of regional airports, our access to clean and renewable energy, and of course a dedicated aviation industry and proactive authorities.”
The first step will be to create a roadmap to support Norway – at the same time, the task force will work on solutions that are suited for Europe. One of the key questions is this: how can zero-emissions aircraft be supported?
If we look at the exciting developments in the aerospace industry (see our interview with Airbus, for example), this is a goal worth pursuing. High-level cooperation such as this could accelerate the process and help Norway establish its first commercial route operating with electric aircraft.
In summer 2020, the task force will present its roadmap, which will contain both short-term and long-term recommendations, to the Norwegian government. We will keep you posted.