German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out in favor of CO2 neutral aviation.
“We want to make Germany a leading location for more climate-friendly aviation technology,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel this August at a national aviation conference in Leipzig, adding that a strategy toward that end would be devised by the end of 2019.
The initiative is connected to the government’s hydrogen solution also announced last summer.
German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has suggested using the proceeds of the German air passenger taxes, which presently treated as general government revenue, to fund research to improve aircraft engines and aerodynamics. Scheuer also said that the taxes could be increased as an incentive to speed up aviation innovation. Air travel is currently the most environmentally damaging form of transport.