The members of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) have jointly committed to the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, highlighting the need for more focus on sustainable fuel infrastructure.
The FAA has issued research contracts worth more than $100 million to six aerospace partner companies and teams under the third phase of its long-running Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program.
The aim of the actions announced is to “re-establish U.S. credibility through ambitious domestic commitments ... [and] demonstrate leadership on aviation ambition at the International Civil Aviation Organization,” the White House said.
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects ranging from the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide to processing of sewage have been shortlisted for funding under a UK government contest designed to promote alternative fuel production technologies at commercial scale.
As Airbus evaluates liquid hydrogen as a possible route to zero-emission commercial aviation by the mid-2030s, it has begun a research program to explore the potential of cryogenically cooled electric propulsion for large civil aircraft.