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.

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Jul 01, 2022
SAF production cost and supply availability will fail to meet aviation needs, a Bain study finds.
Jul 01, 2022
As impetus strengthens for hydrogen technologies, conversation broadens to supply chain.
Jun 30, 2022
Europe’s airlines have given a mixed response to the European Council’s approval of reforms to the region’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), welcoming sustainable aviation fuel allowances but sounding the alarm over the early phaseout of free carbon allowances.  
Jun 29, 2022
The facility at the Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co. near Ningpo, Zhejiang Province, is designed to manufacture 100,000 metric tons of unblended biofuel annually, and the state-owned company says its refinery will pave the way toward large-scale production. 
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Hydrogen is gaining momentum as the zero-emission aviation fuel of the future but requires massive investment in new infrastructure, as well as…
Jun 29, 2022
The RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office has been developed to learn and move innovative capability enhancements forward speedily.
Jun 29, 2022
ATM players know that digitalization can help them drive broader sustainability and flexibility improvements across the sector.
Jun 28, 2022
No fast lane is in sight for the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in significant quantities, as producers still have to cope with complex processes and high costs, French oil giant TotalEnergies says.