Aviation needs to bring its CO2 emissions down to zero not far beyond 2050. To achieve this, a wide range of technologies and policies is considered. Among these are taxes, ban on short flights, faster trains, electric planes, zero-carbon fuel… Read More
In this chapter of the book ‘Cars and Carbon’, I analyse the attractiveness of the car. Most important is its high speed from door-to-door. Because of this advantage, attempts to curb car growth have not succeeded. The same desire for speed now causes the high growth rate of air travel. Somewhere between 2040 and 2050 people in Western-Europe will fly more kilometres than they drive their cars. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop policies for sustainable aviation.
The book can be purchased at Springer: Cars and Carbon