Airbus to Develop Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage Technology

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July 18. At the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, Airbus headed up an assembly of major airlines in announcing a potential investment in direct air carbon capture technology through the purchase of carbon removal credits. The Letter of Intent was signed by Air Canada, Air France-KLM, the International Airline Group (IAG), the Lufthansa Group, LATAM Airlines Group, easyJet, and Virgin Atlantic.

The announcement marks a significant milestone for airlines making a substantial contribution toward carbon capture technology as a means of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. As these credits are non-sector specific, they could first and foremost be labeled as a form of (expensive) carbon offsetting, making up for emissions that are unavoidable during operations. The technology could also provide CO2 for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced through electrolysis, and contribute to decarbonization in that way.

However, as we will discuss later in this article, direct air carbon capture technology (DACC) will most likely prove essential in the long term if we are to prevent disastrous climate change. It is still in its infancy and, as such, needs all the support it can get, so commitments like the one championed by Airbus will be pivotal to its wider deployment.

Source: Simple Flying

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