More and more industries are seeking sustainable solutions to help meet net-zero targets. This is in light of climate change being one of the biggest global emergencies in today’s society. Fortunately, innovative solutions are being utilised by the travel and transport industries. From electric vehicles to more sustainable aviation practices, there have been numerous developments in recent years. Here’s how the aviation industry in particular is seeking out more sustainable methods.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs)
Sustainable Aviation Fuels are becoming more common. Global private jet company VistaJet is already implementing the use of SAFs, with commitments to replace over 200,000 USG of conventional jet fuel with a blended SAF. This is expected to generate over 150,000kg of CO2 reduction, which equates to an 80% emissions improvement over the lifecycle of the fuel. Many are choosing to rent a private jet from companies who are taking sustainability seriously.
SAF is produced from sustainable feedstocks and operates very similarly to fossil jet fuel, aside from the reduced carbon emissions it creates. It offers great potential to accommodate carbon-neutral flying.
Carbon offset programs
Carbon offsetting involves the removal of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases created to balance out the emissions made elsewhere. In other words, it helps to monitor levels of CO2 released into the atmosphere. Many companies are seeking solutions in this space to play their part.
The private aviation industry in particular are taking part in carbon offsetting programs to help minimise their overall impact. On top of this, travellers can voluntarily contribute to offsetting their flight’s emissions. 85% of VistaJet travellers have opted to compensate for their flights by investing in carbon credits. The company’s partnership with South Pole helps to keep them accountable for combating environmental impacts.
Innovations for eco-friendly jet travel
Technology plays a large role too. Different fuel types are being explored, including hydrogen, electric and hybrid aircraft. This could make a significant impact in reducing carbon emissions for short and mid-haul flights. This is an ideal solution for jets used for island-hopping or taking smaller internal flights.
Aerodynamic designs and smart propulsion systems can contribute to overall fuel efficiency too. Meanwhile, innovative start-ups are focusing on developing aviation technologies that will help the industry operate more sustainably.
Regulatory and industry collaborations
Regulations are becoming more and more prominent to reduce the impact of climate change. An ongoing, collaborative effort between private aviation companies and organisations, as well as government bodies is needed to allow the industry to operate using considered methods.
Examples of schemes in practice include the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) who agreed on a global market-based measures to address CO2 emissions from international aviation. This requires airlines to monitor emissions on all international routes and offset emissions from routes included by purchasing emissions units.