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The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has officially joined the CLIMBING. FAST. campaign, a coalition of leading aviation organisations committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This partnership was announced at the 2024 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2024) in Geneva, Switzerland, during the pre-convention Media Day. EBACE is Europe’s premier event for on-demand aviation and advanced air mobility, gathering top leaders from the business aviation sector globally.

CLIMBING. FAST. is a multi-media advocacy initiative that highlights the societal benefits of business aviation, including job creation, economic activity, community connectivity, business success, humanitarian efforts, and leadership in aviation sustainability. EBAA’s membership in this initiative is significant, given its expertise in navigating Europe’s regulatory and cultural landscape.

Ed Bolen, President and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), expressed his enthusiasm: “The NBAA is honored to have EBAA, the leading organisation for the sector in Europe, join forces with CLIMBING. FAST. Business aviation is diverse yet global, with a unified commitment worldwide to achieve our net-zero sustainability goals.”

EBAA Secretary General Holger Krahmer emphasised the importance of the partnership: “By championing CLIMBING. FAST. in Europe, EBAA will leverage its deep understanding of European policy and its extensive network to ensure that the initiative is effectively localised and implemented, enhancing its impact and relevance on this side of the Atlantic. This partnership is a great benefit for our members, symbolising transatlantic unity and a shared commitment to a net-zero future.”

Both NBAA and EBAA highlighted the industry’s dedication to developing carbon-cutting technologies. Business aviation has already reduced carbon emissions by 40% over the past four decades. Current efforts include increasing the production and use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which can cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%. Additionally, eco-friendly aircraft utilising hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-powered propulsion systems are nearing certification. More efficient flight routes and sustainability best practices at airports are also being implemented to minimise environmental impact.

CLIMBING. FAST. was launched at the 2023 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas. Other partners in the initiative include the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Alpha Eta Rho Aviation Fraternity, Aircraft Electronics Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, International Aircraft Dealers Association, International Business Aviation Council, National Aircraft Finance Association, National Air Transportation Association, Vertical Aviation International, and Women in Corporate Aviation.

This growing coalition underscores the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainability and its proactive steps toward a greener future.

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