Target True Zero, an initiative led by the World Economic Forum is working to accelerate the deployment of zero-emission aviation, really “mobilising action” across the industry.

David Hyde, Aerospace Projects Lead at the World Economic Forum spoke to FINN at the recent Sustainable Skies World Summit, and explained that building a mobility system of the future must be “safe, clean and inclusive” as attention turned to the route to net-zero at the event last month.

Potentials of new technology

“We are working on how urban air mobility can be integrated into local transportation systems of the future. We recently launched an initiative with local policymakers, cities and regions who are at the forefront, looking at what is needed from a policy perspective and realise the potentials of this new technology.”

“Looking at the bigger scale, we work with commercial aviation industry and airlines, and we turn to Target True Zero, which is looking at the role of new types of propulsion and how they can help in the industries climate change progress and reaching the net-zero goals we’ve set for 2050.”

Relationships and commitments, working together

“The Target True Zero programme that the World Economic Forum (WEF) is leading, we’ve tried to bring together the key stakeholders from across the industry to really mobilise action. There are different types of action when we look to 2050 and the role these technologies can play. There is a bit of uncertainty about the timing of these technologies, and their potential applications of them. So that collaboration can be everything from building that knowledge base and enabling discussions, to actually looking at what commitments we can get from everyone.”

Inspiring industry to go above and beyond

Hyde explained where WEF sits within the industry to help mobilise these changes: “WEF is the international organisation for public-private partnerships, so we bring together industry and governments. Having that broad set of stakeholders is really important for what we want to do, which is to inspire the industry to go above and beyond, but also that there are the regulatory and policy frameworks and the investments in the industry.

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