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

Jan 13, 2021
The Scottish regional carrier plans to use a new contract to provide air services for one of the UK’s most remote island groups as the setting for the introduction of sustainably powered aircraft.
Jan 13, 2021
Sustainable alternative jet fuels are a better bet to meet aviation’s low-carbon challenge.
Jan 07, 2021
From electric and autonomous tow vehicles to a rail system, alternative approaches to aircraft ground handling come into focus.
Jan 07, 2021
From flight trainers to regional miniliners, European light aircraft manufacturers are moving to exploit propulsion electrification.
Dec 16, 2020
Startup ZeroAvia has raised $37.7 million in funding to develop a zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system to power 19-seat regional airliners. 
Dec 14, 2020
Germany’s air transport sector committed to reaching net zero emissions as it rolled out its “masterplan climate protection” on Dec. 14., but tied the target to strong political support in replacing fleets and bringing synthetic fuels to market.
Dec 14, 2020
The UK is looking to use alternative, sustainable fuels for its combat aircraft and helicopters in a bid to lower carbon emissions.
Dec 09, 2020
Starting from December 2021, the pan-European overnight train network Nightjet will expand as it targets younger climate-conscious airline passengers.