Aviation will be the world’s role model for how the massive challenges of decarbonisation can be overcome through agreed targets, commitment to innovation and international collaboration, the first Global Aviation Summit 2022 organised by Cranfield University and ATAG (Air Transport Action Group) concluded.

There was general agreement across contributors that hitting the 2050 target would be achievable through two major stages: the widespread adoption of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) in the short-term to demonstrate carbon reductions; followed by a more radical stage where infrastructure would need to adapt to zero carbon technologies such as hydrogen and electric.

At the same time, it was said, aviation needed to keep a holistic view of its impact — not just carbon — and take advantage of all the available technologies and offerings that would improve sustainability: direct air capture (DAC), offsetting projects, demand management, air traffic management, and efficiencies of all kinds across fuel use and operations.

ATAG is an association that represents all sectors of the air transport industry, and gives a platform for the commercial aviation sector to work together on long-term sustainability issues.

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