The federal government sees Germany as a pioneer in the goal of flying climate-neutrally in a few years. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) said at the National Aviation Conference in Hamburg that the aviation industry would change fundamentally. “Our big goal is clear: we want to become climate neutral by 2045 and at the same time remain a successful industrial country with further growth opportunities.”

Aviation is responsible for almost 3 percent of global CO2 emissions. “It is clear that this will become even less.” The German aviation industry is already a world leader in climate-friendly technologies.

Scholz also said that climate-neutral flying should not come at the expense of European and German airports and airlines. The Chancellor went on to say that hydrogen propulsion would certainly also be possible in series aircraft in the future. To achieve this, the federal government wants to speed up the development of the hydrogen infrastructure. He is convinced that Germany has a “very good future” as an aviation location.

Spohr: Don’t go it alone when it comes to climate protection in Europe

Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr said with a view to difficult years in the corona pandemic: “Aviation is back.” He said to Lufthansa: “We’re doing great.” The federal government saved the company with support measures during the pandemic. Spohr went on to say that Europe should not go it alone when it comes to climate protection; global solutions are needed. Synthetic fuels currently account for 0.2 percent at Lufthansa.

Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) said: “No one will be helped if we slow down our domestic aviation and let foreign providers who are less sustainability-oriented fill the gap. We are therefore supporting our aviation companies and airports in becoming pioneers in reducing greenhouse gases. ” The federal government promotes innovation and research and ensures fair competitive conditions in air transport.