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This December, DCU Business School will host this years European Aviation Conference where aviation business executives along with policymakers and researchers will gather to discuss the critical issue of climate change facing an industry emerging from the disastrous impact of a global pandemic.
The environmental impact of aviation provokes passionate responses, ranging from ‘flight shaming’ and calls for drastic unilateral reductions in air travel to beliefs that ‘technological innovations will save the day’ and calls for recognition that aviation is a necessary condition for a healthy economy. Amid such debates, there is a need for frank, non-partisan analysis and discussion of whether air transport can continue to provide economic benefits while accepting responsibility for its environment impacts.
This year, the European Aviation Conference will be online, offered in four sessions on December 1st and 2nd 2021. The focus will be on investigating the actions over the next decade that provide a credible path towards a sustainable aviation sector, while preserving the benefits of aviation and ensuring fair access to air transportation across the globe.
Key questions to be scrutinized and debated at the conference are:
What policy Instruments are available to governments and regulators and how might these be implemented during the current decade?
What measures can we expect the aviation industry to take over the next ten years and who will pay?
What are the real economic costs and benefits of policy alternatives?
Can we envisage a realistic and impactful roadmap for mitigating the harmful biproducts of air transportation without destroying the industry?
A first overview of the content of the conference days have been published: