European Commission's Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation Welcomes Wizz Air

Published on: 17 November 2022
by KnowESG
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Wizz Air has joined the Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation (AZEA), a voluntary programme started by the European Commission to pave the way for the next generation of environmentally friendly planes. Wizz Air is the fastest-growing and most sustainable airline in Europe.

Wizz Air joins AZEA alongside several public and private aviation players united in their goal of decarbonising the industry by assisting the successful commercialisation of hydrogen and electric aircraft.

To do this, AZEA members will work together to figure out what is holding back the development of zero-emission aircraft, make suggestions and a plan for how to deal with these problems, and promote investment projects.

Wizz Air will talk to other members of AZEA about the expected problems and solutions for getting to zero-emission aircraft from the point of view of an ultra-low-cost carrier.

Because of their high seat density and load factor, low fuel consumption, and modern and tech-driven fleet, ultra-low-cost carriers are well positioned to lead the transition to a more sustainable aviation industry, with a significantly lower carbon footprint per passenger kilometre than other airlines.

Participating in AZEA meetings will give Wizz Air a far better understanding of how operating zero-emission hydrogen aircraft could positively benefit the airline's future economic model and, eventually, reduce the sector's climate impact.

Joining AZEA demonstrates Wizz Air's ongoing commitment to sustainability and supports the company's goal of reducing carbon emissions intensity per passenger kilometre by 25% by 2030. Cutting-edge technology, like hydrogen, will be a big part of Wizz Air's long-term plan to be more environmentally friendly.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief People and ESG Officer of Wizz Air, said:

“We are pleased to have joined AZEA and look forward to working with its members to collaborate on the ongoing research and development required for hydrogen aircraft operations. It is imperative that all stakeholders in the aviation ecosystem – from airlines and airports to regulators and fuel providers – coordinate to ensure the infrastructure is ready for the deployment of this technology on a large scale.

"At Wizz Air, we remain ambitious in our sustainability strategy and are committed to investing in cutting-edge technology, paving the way to more sustainable air travel. "We are and will continue to be the most environmentally friendly option for flying."

Source: Wizz Air

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