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
Aviation needs to reduce its CO2 emissions to zero not far beyond 2050. Making people take the train instead of the plane is one of the options. I assessed the potential reduction in CO2 from intra-European aviation, by such a modal shift. Download the the study Air2Rail. Main conclusion is that 4 to 7 megaton CO2 can be avoided. This reduction corresponds with 6 to 11% of the emissions from intra-European aviation and with 2 to 4% of CO2 from flights from European airports.