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

Sep 27, 2022
First flight of the all-electric commuter and cargo aircraft prototype is a major milestone on the road toward the fielding of a new generation of sustainable air vehicles.
Sep 27, 2022
The agreement will not take effect until 2026, after which Shell will provide Cebu Pacific with 5,000 metric tons per year through 2031.
Sep 26, 2022
Business aviation associations have issued a set of policy principles to guide long-term carbon emissions reductions ahead of the 41st annual International Civil Aviation Organization Triennial Assembly.
Sep 26, 2022
The global aviation industry has high hopes that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will endorse its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. 
Sep 26, 2022
The UK LCC—the first carrier to offset its network-wide emissions at no additional cost to passengers—will end this policy in 2023.
Sep 26, 2022
Before the year’s end, Airbus will start offering customers the option of having their aircraft’s delivery flight from Tianjin fueled by a SAF blend.
Sep 23, 2022
The air cargo sector’s first sustainability verification program has moved into its next stage with the project’s launch partners being named.
Sep 22, 2022
“We need fuel producers to invest in SAF—if it’s produced, we’ll use it,” says IATA Director General Willie Walsh.