The Chief Technology Officers (CTO) of seven of the world's leading aerospace manufacturers announced their goals to achieve more sustainable aviation in a joint statement. The announced targets are in line with those of the industry-wide Air Transport Action Group. The statement also unifies under a common vision to support the aviation industry's goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and updates the commitment made in June 2019 by a CTO group.
The CTOs of Airbus, Boeing, Dassault Aviation, GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce and Safran will help research institutions, suppliers, fuel manufacturers and airport operators to further develop the progress made in recent years and to reveal the sustainability agenda of the aviation industry. will issue a call to action.
The joint statement was delivered by ADS, the body representing the aerospace, defense, security and space industries in the UK, as CTOs met to discuss progress in aerospace sustainability at the event ahead of the COP26 Conference in London.
The companies' CTOs announced that they aim to work together to focus on three key areas of aerospace technology. The stated objectives are as follows:
Further refinement of aircraft, engine design and technology
Conducting studies and research on hydrogen, the fuel of the future, while supporting the availability and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)
Continuing to develop new technologies that will enable net zero carbon in aviation while maintaining industry safety and quality standards
The CTOs of seven companies that have invested a total of over $75 billion in R&D over the past five years are also calling for:
A sustainable and planned approach to support the development of new technologies and encourage the expansion of SAF and green hydrogen production capacity
A global and consistent approach to regulatory and certification standards
Collaboration between research institutions and suppliers in the aviation industry in the development of new technologies
Investing in SAF production capacity by fuel producers
Investing in the infrastructure necessary to support new aviation technologies by airport operators
Since the joint commitment made in 2019, the actions taken by seven companies to achieve net zero carbon emissions range from improvements in the fleet in service today to technologies of the future. In this context;
Airbus has announced its goal to deliver the world's first zero-emission aircraft by 2035, and has unveiled three hydrogen-powered concept aircraft, highlighting its commitment to developing this high-potential technology for commercial aviation. Airbus is also participating in 2030% SAF climate impact projects as part of its overall certification roadmap for the introduction of 100% SAF in its fleet by 100.
Boeing has pledged that its commercial aircraft will be able to fly with 2030% SAF by 100 and will continue to test new technologies in its ecoDemonstrator program. SAF has announced a partnership with SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas to increase fuel. Boeing and Kitty Hawk also formed Wisk, a joint venture that will advance the future of urban air mobility with an autonomous, all-electric air taxi with more than 1.500 test flights. Boeing has completed its fifth hydrogen flight test program, this time with its subsidiary Insitu, with the ScanEagle3 unmanned aerial vehicle powered by a proton exchange membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cell.
Dassault Aviation actively supports the use of SAF and the Falcon series is already SAF compliant. Dassault Aviation's work within the Clean Sky 2 Joint Venture and France's Civil Aviation Research Council (Corac) focuses on reducing fuel consumption by reducing the resistance and weight of the air during the movement of the aircraft. With the European Sesar program, Dassault Aviation strives to improve flight efficiency and fuel consumption by using specially designed flight paths. Dassault Aviation is also involved in future Corac projects on the use of hydrogen in aircraft.
GE Aviation is working with NASA to demonstrate the flight-readyness of a megawatt-class integrated hybrid electric powertrain for single-aisle aircraft and is leading industry efforts to define 100% SAF standards.
GE and Safran jointly launched the CFM RISE program in June 20 to demonstrate and mature innovative technologies, such as open fan and hybrid electric, that target more than 2% less fuel consumption and CO2021 emissions compared to today's most efficient engines. Program objectives include achieving 100% compatibility with SAF and hydrogen.
Pratt & Whitney, in partnership with De Havilland Canada, Collins Aerospace and the Canadian government, has announced a major investment in developing a hybrid-electric flight demonstrator targeting a 2% improvement in fuel efficiency and CO30 emissions compared to existing regional turboprop aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is also developing technologies for a more efficient engine core and has recently opened a new engineering and development facility in Carlsbad, California, dedicated to ceramic matrix composites (CMC) to support this work. Pratt & Whitney also continues to test engines running on up to 100% SAF fuel.
Rolls-Royce participated in the UN Race to Zero and announced that it will prove it will make all Trent engines in 40% of the world's long-haul aircraft fleet 2023% SAF compliant by 100. This also parallels the UN Race to Zero and SAF commissioning by 2030. Rolls-Royce, which also requires SAF compliance targets for executive remuneration, tested two wide-body aircraft and one business jet engine type with 100% SAF fuel. Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell to improve and accelerate the use of SAF. It has developed and flown what it plans to be the world's fastest all-electric aircraft and has signed agreements with customers in the all-electric and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market to power products that will fly by the middle of this decade.
Safran has formed a strategic partnership with TotalEnergies to accelerate the reduction of CO2 emissions in the aviation industry by jointly working on the development and dissemination of SAF, which can completely replace fossil fuel in current and future engines. Safran and Airbus will leverage JV ArianeGroup's capabilities and test facilities to make hydrogen technologies ready for the aviation industry.
In their joint statement, the CTOs point out that 80% less fuel is used per Revenue Passenger-Kilometer (RPK) on flights today than fifty years ago. CTOs also emphasize that aviation accounts for 2% of all human-induced CO2,5 emissions and 4% of global emissions, emphasizing that it accounts for 4% of global GDP and provides 88 million jobs.