Aviation’s contribution to Net Zero targets take major focus at Global Aerospace Summit 2022

GAS18 2Global aerospace and aviation leaders are set to address key challenges in making the industry more sustainable and discuss ways to drive greater decarbonisation at the Global Aerospace Summit event, hosted by Mubadala at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi from 24 -26 May 2022

Faced with rising global warming concerns , the aerospace industry is making significant strides to ensure it can reduce its carbon footprint, while bringing down the cost of flying in order to build resilience. The latest edition of the Summit will bring together leaders from aviation, aerospace, space and defence for three days of keynotes and panel discussions that will focus on the most important issues and opportunities facing the wider industry today.

Tony Douglas, group CEO at Etihad Aviation Group will speak on sustainability in the aerospace industry. He will discuss about how the commercial aviation ecosystem can work together to influence policy makers and how the industry can deal with rising environmental costs. 

The agenda will include a panel of experts will discuss sustainable aviation fuels, accelerating its viable commercial scalability while developing additional lower-cost pathways. 

Mariam Al Qubaisi, head of sustainability & business excellence at Etihad, commented, “Our aim as an airline is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, in line with the UAE’s Net Zero target. Airlines have a major responsibility in driving decarbonization and supporting global efforts to tackle climate change. The Global Aerospace Summit is a key platform for the industry to discuss the challenges facing the industry in its decarbonisation efforts and exchange ideas on how to accelerate sustainability and help protect our planet.”

Mikail Houari, president of Airbus Africa and the Middle East, "At Airbus, we are committed to leading the decarbonisation of the aerospace sector, this includes reducing the CO2 emissions of our aircraft, helicopters, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as our industrial environmental footprint at sites worldwide and throughout our supply chain. Today we already deliver a complete range of eco-efficient aircraft and by 2035 we intend to develop the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. Our objective is to accelerate the decarbonization of air transport and support net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” 

Timothy Hawes, managing director of Tarsus, Middle East, commented, “The Global Aerospace Summit 2022 will demonstrate the latest views, technologies and insights on a number of critical areas related to sustainability of aviation and aerospace. From advancements in sustainable aviation fuel to clean hydrogen, the industry is rapidly developing new solutions that can have a positive impact on reducing carbon emissions and supporting Net Zero targets. We look forward to welcoming the world’s leading aerospace experts in Abu Dhabi to help create new roadmaps for the future.” 

Aside from the three-day agenda of panel discussions and speeches, the 2022 edition of the event will also include new elements such as a dedicated start-up mentorship clinic lead by Aerospace Xelerated, and technology leadership briefings, focused on implementation of technology in the aerospace sector. There will also be a continuation of the NextGen Leaders programme, which is dedicated to capacity building and skills development of students, graduates and young professionals within the aerospace, defense and space industries.

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