Missed the Sustainable Skies webinar? Catch up now…

Over 300 registered for Tuesday afternoon’s (January 25) sessions which discussed the international aviation industry’s commitment to building a more sustainable future for aerospace. If you missed it, there’s still time to watch again – register here to access on-demand content of the webinar.

Speakers included Sara Bogdan, Head of Sustainability at JetBlue; Sebastien Mikosz, Senior Vice-President for Environment & Sustainability of IATA, Leigh Hudson, Environmental Manager – Carbon Management of British Airways and Adam Morton, Sustainable Aviation, Rolls-Royce Chair, Sustainable Aviation; Head of Environmental Technology for Rolls-Royce Plc.

“Focus on collaboration is key to moving forward”

The first session covered industry advancement of the sustainable aviation agenda following the COP26 Summit in Glasgow last year, industry continues to advance the sustainable aviation agenda. Holly Grieg, Deputy Director for Aviation Decarbonisation at the Department for Transport, outlined the progress that had been made following COP26. She said: “We must now build on all this momentum and heavy focus on collaboration. It is the key to moving forward.” With the ICAO General Assembly, fast approaching, the session explored the routemap ahead which included a deep dive into various discussion threads from a number of aviation and sustainability experts.

Speakers warned that failure to address the climate issue would also impact their businesses. Sara Bogdan of JetBlue said: “Failure to respond to climate change is failure for success.”

Tim Johnson, Managing Director of Aviation Environment Federation added: “Without consumer pressure and acceleration in results, it will be difficult to make forward steps from here.”

“Pathways keep pointing towards SAF”

With Sustainable Aviation Fuels being at the top of the agenda across aviation, the second session looked at the impact of shorter timeframes on the route to net zero. With a 2030 specific focus as an interim target to achieving net zero by 2050, SAF experts from across the value chain debated the opportunities, issues, roadblocks and of course, the speed in which the industry needs to act and deliver and the policies required to make this happen.  Brian Moran of Boeing said: “A lot of roads and pathways keep pointing towards SAF, and getting that globally harmonised standard.”

Sean Bradshaw, Technical Fellow,Sustainable Propulsion for Pratt & Whitney said: “Formation of more research with partners, stakeholders and academia to learn more about SAF is high on the agenda, which will help quantify the impact in the aviation industry.”


The webinar took place ahead of the Sustainable Skies World Summit on April 5 and 6. The event will provide a platform for industry experts, leading academics and governments from around the world to share insight, discuss and debate the barriers that face industry on the path to net zero.

The two-day Summit will take place at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre on the April 5 and 6 2022 and will establish a new global aerospace sustainability agenda that accelerates the pace of change within industry.

Register here to access on-demand content of the webinar.


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