International Conference “Air Transport in Crisis and Climate Challenge”
The Air and Space Academy held its international conference “Air Transport in Crisis and Climate Challenge” on 11 and 12 March 2021, in the form of a webinar, bringing together an audience of 900 people.
This conference was an opportunity to involve young students and professionals in particular in key debates on civil aviation issues in the 21st century.
Forty speakers spoke about the consequences of global warming, which, as no one knows, are multiple and will change the functioning of our societies around the world in the coming decades. It is essential and urgent to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of which are largely cumulative over time. Civil aviation faces these needs as well as other sectors of human activity. The response to the climate challenge has become in a few years the second concern (behind, of course, safety) of aviation and the inescapable condition of its sustainability.
Aviation professionals have shown that they are committed to the challenge, and that technological and operational responses exist or are in the making. In addition to the essential improvement in the intrinsic performance of engines and cells, the future undoubtedly lies in new fuels; many speakers focused, in particular, on synthetic fuels. The importance of the role of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), an intergovernmental body, was stressed. We have been able to hear voices outside the sector; climate and energy experts who have confirmed global issues for air transport; those of economists and sociologists who have informed the relationship of human beings to the need for displacement and its evolution; representatives of different regions of the world who have shown the diversity of expectations and the absolute need for a comprehensive approach.
This conference allowed all points of view to be expressed and we were able to share it with nearly five hundred and fifty students, thanks to the transmission of the debates in a dozen schools in real time; future aeronautical engineers will certainly find an interest in enriching their knowledge of the environmental challenge of aviation and the solutions they themselves will be called upon to implement, giving their professional future a bright reason to exist.
The Air and Space Academy thanks the partners (Air France, Airbus, Arthur D. Little, Dassault Systems, DGAC, Air School, Elisa Aerospace, ENAC, ESTACA, ESTIA, GIB, GIFAS, IFURTA, INCAS, IPSA, ISAE-ENSMA, ISAE-SUPAERO, Air and Space Meeting, Rolls-Royce, Safran, Supméca, Thales, Total), participants and speakers for their contribution to the success of this webinar.
At the end of this conference, the Academy is preparing a “Opinion”, a document in which it will soon share its position on this broad subject and make recommendations.
This “Opinions” will be available on our website.