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Olivier Andriès,
Chief Executive Officer of Safran
  ■ Aviationisataturningpointinitshistory.Asshown all too clearly by the pandemic and the many subsequent travel restrictions, mobility plays a vital role in our lives, whether for economic, social or cultural purposes. Mobility is a fundamental human need and one of our most precious freedoms. At the same time, we are fully aware of the climate challenge and of the transport industry’s role in greenhouse gas emissions. It’s easy to express the equation, less so to solve it. If we want to preserve our freedom to travel in the years and decades to come, the only possible solution is to decarbonize all aspects of mobility.
■ Contrarytomanypreconceivednotions,aviationis one of the sectors most committed to this goal and one of the most advanced. From generation to generation, airplanes in service worldwide have continued to improve their energy efficiency and, as a consequence, have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions.
■ Today, this deep-seated trend continues to gain pace and be more structured. Through the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the diverse members of the global aviation industry recently pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To meet this new and highly ambitious objective, our industry must leverage all the tools at its disposal. This means developing innovative aircraft concepts and architectures, especially concerning propulsion systems, enhancing the efficiency of airport and flight operations, and pushing for the widespread introduction of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

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