London (CNN Business)Airbus has unveiled its plans for bringing the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft into service by 2035.
"This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen," Airbus (EADSF) CEO Guillaume Faury said in a statement.
Faury said that hydrogen, both in synthetic fuels and as a primary power source for commercial aircraft, has the potential to "significantly reduce aviation's climate impact."
Airlines and planemakers are facing growing pressure to tackle carbon emissions, with some governments tying climate crisis goals to coronavirus bailout packages. The pandemic has plunged aviation into its worst ever slump and is expected to accelerate the shift towards renewable forms of energy, as governments use the opportunity to promote a green recovery.