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EU Hydrogen Strategy

Fostering a net-zero-emission aviation ecosystem in Europe

The European Green Deal is an ambitious roadmap aimed at transforming Europe into the world’s first climate-neutral continent. At Airbus, we strongly believe hydrogen can help Europe achieve a net-zero-emission aviation ecosystem by 2050. For this reason, Airbus aims to be a key contributor to the EU Hydrogen Strategy.

Achieving a net-zero-emission aviation ecosystem

The European Union has committed to achieve climate neutrality—or no net greenhouse gas emissions—by 2050. At Airbus, we share this commitment: our contribution includes targeting a net-zero-emission aviation ecosystem in Europe by 2050.

To achieve this objective, the European aviation industry needs a mix of solutions. We believe hydrogen is one of these promising solutions: it has the potential to contribute more than 50% towards meeting climate-neutral targets. 

Through our partnerships with Hydrogen Europe and the Clean Hydrogen Alliance, we are ready to contribute to the EU Hydrogen Strategy. This includes collaborating with all industry players, including airlines, airports and energy providers, to make significant steps towards climate-neutral aviation.

A roadmap for our ambition

We at Airbus have the ambition to develop the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Hydrogen is an important pathway to achieve our ambition. 

In addition to developing hydrogen-powered aircraft, we also see hydrogen infrastructure deployment at airports across Europe as a key part of the aviation industry’s hydrogen transition roadmap. We collaborate with airports that are planning a stepped approach, including using hydrogen to decarbonise all airport-associated ground transport during the 2020 to 2030 timeframe. This will pave the way to hydrogen availability for aircraft over the 2030s timeframe.



An important pathway to our zero-emission ambition

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