Webinar: Sustainability in the Era of COVID-19

This webinar took place May 7, 2020

The aviation industry’s efforts to improve sustainability have been put on the back burner as the COVID-19 crisis has forced airlines and commercial aircraft manufacturers to focus on survivability. How will the crisis set back electric propulsion and other efforts to lower aviation’s contribution to climate change?

Will accelerated retirements of older, less efficient aircraft help offset those delays? And should governments be mandating cleaner and quieter airplanes in exchange for billions of dollars in economic aid to the industry?

Industry experts from Airlines for America and the International Council on Clean Transportation join Aviation Week editors to discuss what aviation leaders should be thinking about how to be positioned for a greener future when the industry recovers. 

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  • Dr. Daniel Rutherford, aviation program director, International Council on Clean Transportation
  • Nancy Young, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Airlines For America
  • Graham Warwick, Executive Editor, Technology, Aviation Week Network
  • Helen Massy-Beresford, Airline Editor and Paris Bureau Chief, Aviation Week Network

Moderator: Joe Anselmo, Editorial Director, Aviation Week Network


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