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Hybrid or hydrogen ?: Airbus boss wants to build by 2035 low-emission aircraft


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Hamburg (AP) - The Airbus Group wants to build the first low-emission passenger aircraft and bring to 2035 in the air. However, the development of the necessary technologies is still in its infancy, said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury in Hamburg.

Maybe it will be a hybrid-electric plane, maybe it will be powered by hydrogen or climate-neutral fuels. "The road is highly complex," Faury said. "That takes years or decades."

Aviation accounts for only 2.5 percent of the global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). However, Airbus is aware of its responsibility and has been able to significantly reduce fuel consumption per passenger in the past thanks to ever lighter aircraft with more powerful engines. By 2050, aviation wants to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to 2005. "Green flying is our top priority," said Faury.

Source: zeit

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