James Bowers, Chief editor at Polytechnique Insights
On February 2nd, 2021
3 min reading time
Equity research associate at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs recently published a report regarding the EU aviation industry, “The decarbonisation toolkit and what it will mean for airlines.”
In it, they say that the aviation industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with a ~70% drop in European air traffic, receiving over ~$160 billion in aid and 10-30% layoffs of employees.
Pre-pandemic aviation was responsible for 4% of CO2 emissions in Europe, which fell to 2% in 2020.
Some bailouts will have green conditions attached, such as Air France who have been imposed a reduction of 50% emissions per passenger per km by 2030.
With investment from the EU, the team expects to see a 15% transfer of air traffic to rail.
Cécile Michaut holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Paris-XI Orsay. She was a lecturer for two years before branching off into science journalism in 1999. Her collaborations include Le Monde, La Recherche, Pour la Science, Science et vie, Sciences et Avenir, Environnement Magazine... She also teaches science communication and media training for several research organisations and universities. She founded the company Science et partage (www.scienceetpartage.fr), and published the book "Vulgarisation scientifique, mode d'emploi" (EDP Sciences) in 2014.
James Bowers has a PhD in molecular biology from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and an MSc in Science Media Production from Imperial College London. He has six years of experience creating engaging scientific media in digital, TV and other outlets in the UK and France. Most recently, James worked as a science communication consultant and trainer for a French agency, Agent Majeur, for three years where he co-authored the book, Sell Your Research: Public Speaking for Scientists published by Springer.