Wizz Air Joins EC's Alliance for Zero-emission Aviation
Discount airline Wizz Air has joined the Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation (AZEA), a voluntary initiative launched by the European Commission to pave the way for next-generation sustainable aircraft, the company tells the Budapest Business Journal.
Wizz Air joined public and private partners at the General Assembly hosted by Eurocontrol and spearheaded by the Directorate-General for Defense Industry and Space (DEFIS) of the European Commission.
The airline joins AZEA alongside a range of public and private aviation stakeholders, united by the shared mission to decarbonize the industry by facilitating the successful commercialization of hydrogen and electric aircraft. To achieve this, AZEA members will work together to identify barriers to advancing zero-emission aircraft, establish recommendations and a roadmap to address them, and promote investment projects.
Within AZEA, Wizz Air will share information with members on the expected challenges and solutions for achieving zero-emission aircraft from an ultra-low-cost carrier perspective.
By participating in AZEA’s meetings, the airline is looking to gain a deeper understanding of how operating zero-emission hydrogen aircraft could positively impact the airline’s future business model, and ultimately, eliminate the sector’s climate impact.
Wizz Air notes that joining the alliance is a demonstration of the airline's continued commitment to sustainability and supports its target to reduce carbon emissions intensity per passenger kilometer by 25% by 2030. Cutting-edge technology, such as hydrogen, will also play a key role in advancing Wizz Air’s long-term sustainability strategy.
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 greenest choice of flying,” he added.
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