It’s hard to have a conversation about the aerospace industry now without coming back to its carbon footprint and the imperative to get from its current 2.5% share of global emissions to net zero by 2050.
It’s a massive challenge, but it’s only one aspect of the aerospace picture. There’s big change across the whole industry, from manufacturing and supply chain through propulsion, to communications, automation and artificial intelligence. At the same time, developments like Urban Air Mobility (UAM) are opening up entire new markets.
Sustainability is a touchstone for all these developments. Sustainability isn’t just about eliminating carbon emissions from air travel itself; it’s about introducing more sustainable materials and processes in manufacturing and maximizing the efficiency of flight operations through innovative communication and artificial intelligence.
In this post I explore some of these innovations; In future posts I’ll go into some of the key changes in more detail. They demonstrate the power of going beyond traditional thinking in supply chain, manufacturing and operations, engaging with partners who share the holistic, sustainability and innovation driven perspective the aerospace industry needs today.