Green Aerospace: The Future of Flight | IPT
Chair: Carol Monaghan MP, Aerospace All-Party Parliamentary Group
Speaker: Adam Morton, Chair of UK Sustainable Aviation and Head of Environmental Technology, Rolls-Royce
Speaker: Professor Patricia Thornley, Director of EBRI, Energy and Bioproducts Aston Research Institute
Speaker: Jonathan Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group
Virtual Event


Monday 25 January 2021


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The UK’s aviation network, the third largest in the world, directly contributes at least £22bn to the economy. Between 1990 and 2018, international aviation emissions more than doubled as flying become increasingly popular. The UK is part of the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and is a key contributor to the Carbon Offsetting & Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the first worldwide scheme to address CO2 emissions in any single sector. The Government has set up the Future Flight Challenge aiming to achieve greener flight, new services and new ways to travel. The challenge is supported by a £125m Government investment accompanied by £185m from industry. There are also plans across industry to utilise hydrogen in order to bring the first ever emissions free passenger plane to market by 2035. With unprecedented damage to the industry due to COVID-19, how can the sector be economically supported whilst ensuring environmental targets are not pushed aside? 

This event will:

  • Evaluate the government’s Clean Air Strategy and what actions have taken place so far to cut airport-related emissions.
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and how the industry can be supported to recover and revolutionise technology.
  • Explore the Industry Strategy Challenge Fund and current research into innovative flight solutions.