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and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), fully converged and so do To find out more visit:
containing a detailed roadmap not yet provide a global level
that enables the aims of the vision playing field. Maintaining
for aviation to be achieved. global leadership for aviation in
Europe and meeting the needs
Aviation today provides close to of citizens thus remain the top
nine million skilled jobs, directly level objectives addressed by
and indirectly, and contributes ‘Flightpath 2050.
600 billion Euros to Europe’s
Gross Domestic Product. Home to The aviation industry is currently
some 450 airlines and over 700 experiencing several issues which
airports, European aviation plays can largely be resolved through
a key role in serving society’s technological innovation. The
needs for safe, secure and immediate priorities for ACARE
sustainable mobility – in Europe are as follows but not limited to:
and all over the world. Continued Enable future growth (addressing
growth in European demand Seamless and affordable ATM
for air transport is anticipated processes; Airport capacity;
for the foreseeable future. More Passenger experience and door-
than ever, sustainable mobility to-door mobility/intermodality);
is at stake and it is essential Reduce environmental impact (by
that travel become even safer, reducing the CO2 footprint and
secure, reliable, affordable and mitigating air transport related
environmentally responsible. noise); and, Excellent skilled and
motivated staff in order to continue
In particular, aviation has an the track record that ACARE is
important role to play in reducing established since its formation.
environmental emissions.
Although it is responsible for The task now for ACARE is to
around 2% of human-induced stimulate the implementation of
carbon dioxide emissions the SRIA - through the excellent
globally it plays an important European research and innovation
role in mitigating greenhouse capabilities and to deliver
gas emissions, noise and local measurable benefits in phases
air quality issues. Demand for air to 2020, 2035 and 2050. This
transport continues to increase, is an exciting phase for ACARE
meaning that air travel in the and as in the past progress will
future will look very different than be monitored and reviewed so
today to ensure that this growth is that adjustments can be made
addressed in a sustainable way. where required as changes occur
in the market place and society’s
Competition is fierce and expectations develop further and,
increasing, not only from of course, as discoveries from
established regions but also research emerge. l
from new, strong challengers
and regulatory and taxation 1. See “Success Stories and benefits beyond aviation” on
environments within and 2. Flightpath 2050, Europe’s vision for Aviation (
outside Europe have not yet
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