Many experts argue that it will take several decades for the aviation sector to come in line with the Paris accords. This is why a movement has formed touring actors who have decided to curb their activism.
Last September, ADEME made a report regarding Environmental transformation of the aviation sector.
It reviewed five categories of “decarbonization” levers, namely increasing aircraft filling, improving energy efficiency, reducing the carbon intensity of energy consumed, paradigm shifting, and reducing traffic.
Stressed about reducing greenhouse gases, I immediately ruled out measures to offset by carbon sequestration. ADEME highlights three methods with very different effects:
- On the other hand, improving aircraft energy efficiency and using sustainable fuels to lower energy carbon intensity will only have significant impacts in the medium and long term.
- On the other hand, the decision to moderate traffic, according to her, testifies to the existence of real political will to obtain important results for the climate with immediate reduction of emissions.
Along the same lines, Agustin De Romani, President of the ADP Group, indicated that his group could adjust to a decrease in air traffic during a transition period. This includes those who embrace a more responsible commute.
These phrases are not isolated, because other travel players have decided to limit their activity.
In their motivations, the impossibility of creating a clean aircraft in the short term, but also other topics such as quality of service, pollution, and public health, as well as a desire to be consistent with the values of the organizations mentioned.
And so this summer the Dutch government decided to “cap” the number of flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport. Only 440,000 flights will be allowed annually, compared to a total of 500,000 flights still being carried out before the pandemic hit. He justified this choice due to noise pollution and the hostility of the local population.
In a similar vein, nature adventure and expedition operator Secret Planet wants to control its carbon footprint in a radical way, for lack of a better solution.
Stunned by the explosion in demand from its customers at the end of the pandemic, this company, respecting the Paris agreements, chose to stop marketing its flights, once the combined volume of all greenhouse gas emissions for the year had been reached. level considered undesirable.
In the same vein, the tour operator is ditching flights with layovers and increasing length of stays from 20 to 25 days on site on average.
Such a shift assumes alignment between shareholders and employees.
One risk, if this trend continues, is that air tourism in Europe will become more elitist. Then the moderation in air traffic will come from the inability of part of the population to afford tickets, which have become very expensive.
In general, Augustin de Romani does not hide the fact that the growth of the middle classes in emerging countries will lead to massive use of the aircraft over the next twenty years. In countries, where the plane has already become widely democratized with low-cost flights, it is preferable for traffic to adjust itself rather than resort to ban measures.
Some already mention the need to set individual carbon quotas.
Recently, Jean-Marc Jankovici, head of the think tank The Shift Project, proposed limiting a person’s ability to travel to four flights over their lifetime, regardless of their income.