Tailwind growing behind tackling aviation industry emissions

July 12, 2022
Innovations on the ground include utilizing AI for more efficient routing and scheduling, and using green electricity at airports, Mike Scott reports for Reuters.

WASHINGTON - As the global economy slowly but surely shifts to a lower-carbon model, some of the most intractable industries – steel and cement, for example – have moved faster than anyone could have imagined, while new solutions such as hydrogen are scaling up rapidly, Mike Scott reports for ReutersContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

12 July 2022 - The commercial aviation sector pledged to achieve "net-zero" carbon emissions by 2050, which the industry said would be “supported by accelerated efficiency measures, energy transition and innovation across the aviation sector and in partnership with governments around the world”.

One way industry is looking to tackle emissions reduction is with technologies like new fin designs, efficient turbos in engines, and weight reducing metals like aluminum. In edition, electric flight - hybrid and fully electric - looks to takeoff in the near future.

“Battery technology is advancing at pace, with numerous U.S. government agencies now funding research into electric aviation,” says Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet.

Technology that will allow better data sharing between air traffic control towers in multiple locations could make travel more efficient, particularly when it looks like the nascent air taxi and uncrewed cargo delivery sectors gain traction.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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