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Business aviation’s journey to a carbon-neutral future

“Business aviation is fundamental for society’s growth and sustainability,” says Anton Törnberg, General Manager at IFLY FBO and one of the 10 delegates to represent the business aviation industry at One Young World 2021.

I started working in the aviation business six years ago, as a spare parts handler. I then continued on to ground handling, and am now working with Sweden’s largest Business aviation operator. My line of work has helped me recognise the key functions our sector contributes to society at large. Every day I meet and help connect people around the world, helping our clients travel to remote places while seeking new business opportunities and investments. We assist police, healthcare services, the legal system, the military, and the government with special missions that other operators are not able to perform.

During a global crisis and an ongoing pandemic, with countries all over the world going into lockdown, Business aviation is still operating with only a slight decrease in traffic compared to 2019. Our industry is fundamental for society’s growth and sustainability, helping maintain and keep critical functions operating on an everyday basis. This crucial element of Business aviation is more necessary than ever before. Without Business aviation, company leaders, politicians, and other influential people would not be able to travel the way they do. It would lead to longer processes and slowing economic growth, wasted job opportunities, and decrease GDP. Policymaking would be drawn out, which would have a formidable impact on society.

We need to learn, investigate, explore new areas, energy systems and fuels.

We are facing a future with many upcoming challenges for our industry. There is an urgent need to make decisions that will enable us to be a sustainable choice for our clients (and society as a whole). We need to respond quickly, setting a roadmap towards a carbon-neutral future. It will not be an easy task; to facilitate these changes, the future needs the expertise and experience of older generations, coupled with new perspectives and insights from younger people. Companies are already taking small steps towards this change every day, in the office, over a coffee with a colleague, or in the cockpit during a flight.

I personally see that the culture has changed. For example, technology is no longer considered a ‘bad’ thing. These new digital offerings have rather become tools to ease the workload. I see our whole industry working as one team, to evolve and develop to take on these new challenges. It takes a team to make – and keep – ourselves current, compliant and able to contribute to the world’s future.

We need to learn, investigate, explore new areas, energy systems and fuels. To do so we need to listen to other industries, industries that are ahead of us in these sectors. We need new technologies and fuel, new software, and new ways for us to communicate. Through my participation with peers at One Young World 2021, I will learn how these ideas and success can be applied to Business aviation so that I can be a part of this industry-wide movement.

ABOUT ONE YOUNG WORLD AND BUSINESS AVIATION

One Young World is a global charity that gathers together young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and create positive change. The annual Summit stages talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organisations as well as world leaders, who debate, formulate and share innovative solutions for the pressing issues the world faces. This year’s Summit will host exceptional young leaders from 190+ countries, with 10 delegates from the business aviation industry attending, providing an opportunity to showcase the sector’s commitment to being a progressive and responsible corporate citizen.