Industry leaders advocate for collaboration

Industry leaders have called for radical collaboration among government, aviation fuel providers, and industry to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The focus should be on unified efforts and increased investment in sustainable technologies.


The Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024, held at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, underscored the need for radical collaboration across the aviation sector to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. CEOs Shai Weiss of Virgin Atlantic and Sean Doyle of British Airways, along with sustainability officers from Airbus and Boeing, emphasized the critical role of unified efforts during a key panel discussion. 

Significant investments needed 

According to a report by Aviation24, the industry leaders highlighted advancements in sustainable technology and the necessity of significant investments to reduce carbon emissions. Shai Weiss stressed the importance of collaborative decarbonization efforts, including fleet modernization and the adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). He presented findings from Virgin Atlantic’s Flight100, showcasing SAF as a viable 100% drop-in replacement for fossil fuels. 

The summit attracted aviation leaders, UK government officials, and global media, focusing on accelerating global standards and fostering collaboration. Notable participants included Anthony Browne MP and Mark Harper MP, who promoted the UK's zero-emission aviation efforts. 

Driving meaningful change 

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International, emphasized the summit’s impact on driving meaningful change in the aerospace and aviation sectors. The event also featured the latest sustainable aviation technologies and a new SAF production project by Haffner Energy. 

With over 40 speakers and a 24% increase in registrations, the summit demonstrated a strong commitment to creating a sustainable future for aviation, Aviation24 reported.