The Reading / Listening - Zero Emissions - Level 5

The aircraft maker Airbus has unveiled big plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The airline giant predicts its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes could be flying by 2035. The concept is a shift away from battery power. Many in the industry believe batteries are the answer for carbon-zero airplanes. Airbus says batteries could be impractical for large airplanes and hydrogen is better. The company said the switch to hydrogen would require "decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and refuelling infrastructure.



The Airbus CEO said there were three designs. He said one of these will be chosen moving forward. He said the three "ZEROe" designs were "a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector". The CEO said: "We intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that hydrogen fuel had "the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". He added: "With the support from government...we can rise up to this challenge to scale up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Zero Emissions - Level 4 or  Zero Emissions - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54242176
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/21/business/airbus-zero-emissions-plane/index.html
  • https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transport/airbus-turns-to-hydrogen-as-energy-promise-of-batteries-fades/140254.article


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. unveiled big
  2. the world's first zero-emission
  3. batteries are
  4. a shift away
  5. batteries could
  6. the switch
  7. decisive
  8. This means redesigned
  1. be impractical
  2. action
  3. from battery power
  4. aircraft
  5. airports
  6. the answer
  7. to hydrogen
  8. plans

Paragraph 2

  1. one of these will
  2. moving
  3. a historic
  4. We intend to play a leading
  5. the most
  6. reduce aviation's
  7. we can rise up to
  8. the aviation
  1. moment
  2. industry
  3. this challenge
  4. climate impact
  5. be chosen
  6. role
  7. forward
  8. important transition

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The aircraft maker Airbus (1) ___________________ plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The airline giant predicts its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes (2) ___________________ by 2035. The concept is (3) ___________________ from battery power. Many in the industry believe batteries are the answer for carbon-zero airplanes. Airbus says batteries (4) ___________________ for large airplanes and hydrogen is better. The company said (5) ___________________ hydrogen would require "decisive action from (6) ___________________ ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and refuelling infrastructure.

The Airbus CEO said there (7) ___________________. He said one of these will be chosen moving forward. He said the three "ZEROe" designs were "(8) ___________________ for the commercial aviation sector". The CEO said: "We (9) ___________________ a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that hydrogen fuel had "(10) ___________________ significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". He added: "With the support from government...we can rise up (11) ___________________ to scale up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheaircraftmakerAirbushasunveiledbigplansfortheworld'sfirstzero-
emissionaircraft.Theairlinegiantpredictsitshydrogen-poweredcom
mercialairplanescouldbeflyingby2035.Theconceptisashiftawayfrom
batterypower.Manyintheindustrybelievebatteriesaretheanswerforc
arbon-zeroairplanes.Airbussaysbatteriescouldbeimpracticalforlar
geairplanesandhydrogenisbetter.Thecompanysaidtheswitchtohydr
ogenwouldrequire"decisiveactionfromtheentireaviationecosystem"
.Thismeansredesignedairportsandrefuellinginfrastructure.TheAirbu
sCEOsaidtherewerethreedesigns.Hesaidoneofthesewillbechosenmo
vingforward.Hesaidthethree"ZEROe"designswere"ahistoricmoment
forthecommercialaviationsector".TheCEOsaid:"Weintendtoplayale
adingroleinthemostimportanttransitionthisindustryhaseverseen."H
eaddedthathydrogenfuelhad"thepotentialtosignificantlyreduceaviat
ion'sclimateimpact".Headded:"Withthesupportfromgovernment...
wecanriseuptothischallengetoscaleuprenewableenergyandhydroge
nforthesustainablefutureoftheaviationindustry."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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