A few firms and regulators have come together in order to develop a technology where one can fly without participating in environmental damage through reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. There are many who supported the idea of eliminating Air transport as it causes noise pollution and air pollution. However this is obviously not an approach that can be taken in order to prevent these types of pollution as on many accounts there are times when you need to fly from one continent to another and emergencies that cannot be avoided. Therefore, steps such as the one taken by Norway which is the largest producer of oil and gas in Europe, aiming emissions to be zero by 2025, which has even launched an electric ferry a couple of years ago and now aims at electrifying flights in the next 20 years. It is anticipated that by 2040 Norway will become purely electric.
The impact of flights or any air transportation on global warming is around 5%. However the number of air passengers is anticipated to double by 2036 and this will substantially increase air pollution. While the airline industry aims to reduce emissions by 2050 from the one recorded in 2005, these goals are unrealistic. It is therefore making sense, that airlines are looking at electric powered aircraft as a solution to prevent air pollution. By 2030, Wideroe Airlines of Norway intends to renew its fleet of planes to electric powered aircraft.
Passenger aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus are also considering electric planes. The first flight planned for 2020 and will be a hybrid model, teaming up with Siemens and Rolls Royce.