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This approach to creating the Vision and its goals was structured as shown in the “Temple” depicted below and is described step-by-step in this Vision document.
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The specific, overarching goals of the Vision are to:

  • By 2050, achieve climate neutral1 aviation based on validated and globally accepted tools and models, in the full sustainability context (environmental, economic and societal) in line with United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), integrating the circular economy concept to be an equitable contributor, with other transport modes, to fully climate neutral mobility;
  • Ensure the sustainability and other needs of citizens not only as travellers and as customers but also as recipients
    of aviation’s external impacts, such as noise and other disturbances. This goal also includes meeting the needs of the education system and skilled workforce;
  • Design and apply the necessary instruments to maintain the European aviation industry’s global leadership and competitiveness all along the supply chain, including researchers, manufacturers, infrastructure and aircraft operators, and service providers, by providing the highest quality, cost efficient, innovative products and services and developing and sustaining the required human capital, knowledge and skills.

To meet these goals, work must start immediately with priorities on sustainability, putting the citizen at the centre and developing the instruments needed to enable and incentivise the realisation
of the Vision. Development must be complete by 2040 to enable deployment by 2050.

These overarching goals cascade into a more specific, second set of cross-disciplinary goals for the actions and actors across aviation’s themes and domains.

The vertical pillars are the key, specific components for the aviation sector:

  • Aviation in the European mobility system: integrate aviation services with the complete range of other multimodal services to create and provide European Mobility as a Service (MaaS);
  • Infrastructure, operations and services: adapt, develop and intelligently operate infrastructure, such as airspace, airports including energy hub concepts, air traffic management, providing the services needed to optimise aviation and to enable new concepts, such as climate- optimised routing, within the overall European mobility system;
  • Vehicles and propulsion: improve and optimise the environmental, noise and other impacts
    of existing vehicles; develop, deploy and operate new vehicles, not only to achieve climate neutrality through the full lifecycle but also transversal components common to all aviation’s vertical pillars as well as other sectors. These are:
  • Education, training and research: build the human capital, knowledge and concepts that underpin aviation’s development and continuous improvement;
  • Development, demonstration and deployment, to ensure that research ideas can be progressed as rapidly, safely, securely and efficiently as possible from concept through to operation;
  • Digital transformation: ensure that aviation reaps the benefits delivered by, for example, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data;
  • Safety, security and resilience: ensure that aviation is robust against ever- evolving risks, threats and disruptive events in the physical and cyber worlds.

The Vision is underpinned by policy instruments and tools for measuring and monitoring progress:

  • Instruments: such as regulatory and institutional frameworks, rules, regulations and standards that enable, incentivise, synchronise and support advancements towards the goals. Unlike in the past these instruments will not only be focused on research and development but also include deployment, operation, maintenance, upgrade, re-use, recycling and disposal;
  • Measuring and monitoring impacts: novel aeronautical-specific methods that use metrics and performance indicators to assess progress towards the goals at all levels from policy to operational, to quantify aviation’s environmental, economic and social impacts, to provide operational data, e.g. for climate optimised routing, and as an entry-point to global discussions;
  • ACARE is the single, open, independent and non-partisan focal point for all aspects of European aviation, representing all stakeholders, associations and organisations, to develop and implement a common vision and coordinated strategy providing advice to support aviation policy development at national and European level extended from research and innovation through to deployment and operations.
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