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Nov 30 2021

NATO Allies Denmark and the UK are on the way to becoming carbon neutral

RAMSTEIN, Germany – The Royal Air Force, in collaboration with Zero Petroleum, have won a Guinness World Record for the world's first successful flight on November, 23 2021 using only synthetic fuel, saving between 80% - 90% carbon each flight. Recently, the Royal Danish Air Force has also leased two electrical aircrafts for training purposes, which are completely carbon neutral.

The electric aircraft leased by Denmark, Pipistrel made in Slovenia, has a top speed of 182 km/h and a reach of 100 km. It can stay up in around 30-50 minutes and will charge to a 100% within 45 minutes. Two persons can fit inside the aircraft and will be mainly used for pilot training.

NATO's core task is to keep us all safe. Climate change is making the world more unsafe. So to fulfil our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change

"The Aircrafts are 100% emission free, steady and very cost efficient. We can see multiple ways to utilize electrical aircrafts when the technology advances," said Lieutenant Colonel Casper Børge Nielsen, Ministry of Defence, Materiel- and Purchasing Authority.

"Climate change is a transnational challenge which threatens global resilience and our shared security and prosperity. I am determined to tackle this head on and have set the Royal Air Force the ambitious goal to be Net Zero by 2040. The way we power our aircraft will be a big part of achieving that goal, and this exciting project to make aviation fuel from air and water shows how it might be done," said Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff.

"NATO's core task is to keep us all safe. Climate change is making the world more unsafe. So to fulfil our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

NATO's 2010 Strategic Concept states that climate change is a driver of our security environment and in 2014 it adopted the Green Defence Framework which looks at reducing the environmental footprint of military operations.

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The Royal Danish Air Force has also leased two electrical aircrafts for training purposes, which are completely carbon neutral. Photo courtesy of the Royal Danish Air Force. 
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The Royal Danish Air Force has also leased two electrical aircrafts for training purposes, which are completely carbon neutral. Photo courtesy of the Royal Danish Air Force
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The Royal Danish Air Force has also leased two electrical aircrafts for training purposes, which are completely carbon neutral. Photo courtesy of the Royal Danish Air Force. 

Story by Allied Air Command Public Affairs Office

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