Sustainability: Industry's Next Steps

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Even before sustainability climbed up the global agenda, aviation had every incentive to cut its fuel consumption and therefore emissions. Although there has been real progress, there is also much work still to be done, and major challenges lie ahead for aviation.


These challenges will encompass not only new technology, including airframe and propulsion types that will make aviation cleaner and more efficient, but also a host of regulatory hoops through which the aviation community must pass.


Aviation Week Network continues to explore the ongoing initiatives underway.

Latest Analysis

Nov 25, 2021
In the wake of the COP26 Climate conference Aviation Week editors talk to leaders of FlyZero, a UK government-backed Aerospace Technology Institute project targeting zero-carbon emission commercial aviation by 2030. 
Nov 24, 2021
ATR moves to upgraded powerplant as Embraer turboprop talks continue.
Nov 24, 2021
American and United airlines have bet on startups promising aviation fuels with low to negative carbon intensity.
Nov 22, 2021
The two companies will work together on choosing the optimum routes and altitudes for Etihad aircraft to fly at with the aim of inhibiting contrails—a phenomenon that significantly contributes to global warming.
Nov 22, 2021
Sixty companies in the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow Coalition have committed to accelerate the supply and use of sustainable…
Nov 19, 2021
The Lufthansa Group has proactively acquired $250 million worth of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), but CEO Carsten Spohr said many more technology, infrastructure and compensation solutions are needed to achieve a carbon-neutral balance by 2050.
Nov 15, 2021
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has confirmed its partnership with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and government-linked investment company Temasek to launch a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) pilot program at Singapore Changi Airport by 2022. 
Nov 12, 2021
Sustainable-fuels startup Alder Fuels has signed an MOU with the government of Colombia to produce a low-carbon crude oil from forestry and other woody residues.