Message from Pierre Cardin and Marc Hamy
A sustainable aerospace revolution is underway and everyone agrees the time for action is now. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit two years ago, the aerospace industry has embraced a roadmap to reach net-zero by 2050 and Airbus’ ambition is to lead the decarbonisation of the sector.
We are at a tipping point and there is a new confidence in our industry that we can rise to the challenge ahead. In the coming months, we will have a precious window of opportunity to forge a global approach to tackling CO2 emissions with ICAO’s 41st Assembly, where the 193 Member States are expected to agree on a long-term CO2 emissions goal. This will inject further momentum into the sector’s decarbonisation.
Decarbonising our industry will require an unparalleled act of cooperation between industry, governments, airlines, airports, energy companies and civil society. At the same time we are entering an era of astonishing technological change, with digitalisation, electrification, renewable energy, new materials and autonomous flight, all set to transform aerospace.
This is an incredibly exciting time to be working in the aerospace industry and we can look forward to the future with cautious optimism. Within the next 10 years, generation Y&Z will account for 70% of our employees and developing all-electric, hybrid vehicles, hydrogen or other zero-emission technologies, will require the smartest, most diverse, forward-thinking talents.
By pioneering sustainable aerospace together, aerospace can remain a force for good. We need to keep the enthusiasm alive, and accelerate the actions required towards achieving net-zero.
Thus your work here at the Organisation de l’Aviation civile internationale is key to the decarbonisation journey of our industry and we wish you an exciting challenge! The success of this event is not only about the winning team, but also about all of you working together to make this world a beautiful place!
Marc Hamy - Airbus Vice President Corporate Affairs
Pierre Cardin - Airbus Head of Public Affairs Canada and Relations with ICAO