Sustainable Skies World Summit 2023
The Sustainable Skies World Summit returns to showcase and support industry’s efforts towards meeting its net zero commitment, now given further impetus by the adoption by world governments of an aspirational net zero goal for aviation at the ICAO Assembly in October.
Taking place 17-18 April 2023, the global summit organised by Farnborough International, in partnership with the Sustainable Aviation Coalition, will showcase the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology and provide a forum to discuss how industry can move in earnest from goal setting to implementation of its net zero strategies. The event will also highlight opportunities for the next generation of engineers and young people who will make jet zero a reality, and address the future workforce challenge.
This will be no ordinary conference as alongside the aviation and aerospace industry the event will welcome the wider aviation ecosystem including technology innovators, academia, investors and regulators to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre for two days of demonstrations, high-level keynotes and organised meetings with industry and government, designed to stimulate collaboration, promote the role of the future workforce and demonstrate the technology that is beginning to deliver meaningful progress this decade.
The event will build on the work of the UK Jet Zero Council and its strategy framework launched at Farnborough International Airshow in July 2022, and which set out a vision for the delivery of net zero UK aviation emissions by 2050.
Join us for two days of insight, collaboration and action surrounding the biggest challenge facing the future of the aviation industry for a must-attend event where no question is off limits.
SSWS23 Conference Programme
09:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Breakfast Briefing (Invitation Only - Media with exclusive walkaround)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Registration / Morning networking (for all visitors)
11:30 AM to 11:40 AM
11:40 AM to 12:00 PM
Myth Busting: What have we really achieved, and what needs to be done?
A lot has happened in the past 12 months - but what concrete developments have occurred? Are we on-track to achieve net-zero and even True Zero? This session will aim to conduct a reality check on how far the industry has come, and set the scene for where the industry needs to go to achieve its commitments, discussing how technology is the solution to the future of the industry and not flight abstinence.
12:00 PM to 12:20 PM
Keynote - Strategy in Action
12:20 PM to 12:40 PM
Keynote - After ICAO: Where does the long-term aspirational target leave global efforts to deliver net zero aviation?
With just over 25 years left until 2050 and global agreements now in place for aviation to be net zeros, what are the key milestones we need to hit and how best to do this?
12:40 PM to 12:50 PM
12:50 PM to 13:30 PM
Fireside Chat – How do we make SAF happen faster
13:30 PM to 14:15 PM
Panel: Has industry moved from commitment to delivery
All industry participants, from manufacturers to leasing companies, from energy producers to MROs, are mining new technologies and processes to produce radical plans to reach net zero. These new strategies range from electric engines to feedstock fuel and beyond, all while continuing to push the envelope on developing more efficient airframe and engine technologies. In this session we’ll be discussing the progress to date and how the industry is delivering on its promise, from the first ever 100% SAF transatlantic flight set to take to the skies this year, to the technological advances in hydrogen and other zero-emission technologies that promise to reduce aviation’s climate impact.
Founder and CEO
Dr Mark Bentall
Head of R&T
Senior Sustainability Lead
Lead, Aviation Decarbonization
Sustainable Aviation, WEF
14:15 PM to 14:25 PM
14:25 PM to 15:05 PM
BREAK - DEMO Walkaround
15:05 PM to 15:15 PM
Fireside Chat: The non-CO2 climate effects of aviation
Estimates suggest that non-CO2 effects could account for two-thirds of aviation’s total climate impact. This Fireside Chat will discuss the latest understanding of the non-C02 impacts of aviation and how these can be mitigated in support of a greener future for aviation.
15:15 PM to 16:00 PM
Panel: Moving Quick Wins Forward
We have discussed at length how technologies like SAF and zero emission technologies have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions, but also the implementation challenges and lengthy timeframes sometimes involved in making these a reality. In this session, the panel will focus on other key areas that are being tackled aside from fuel such as contrails, air traffic management, carbon removals and much more.
UK Policy Manager
Transport & Environment
Dr Adam Durant
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
VP Europe and Middle East
Head of Technology – Sustainability & Strategy
Aerospace Technology Institute
16:00 PM to 16:20 PM
16:20 PM to 17:05 PM
Panel: The Case for Sustainability in the Advanced Air Mobility Industry
Advanced air mobility is a key component of the future of flight and is intrinsically part of the decarbonisation of the aviation sector. Global demand for AAM products has been steadily on the rise with airlines, helicopter operators and original equipment manufacturers, among others in the sector, increasing investment in AAM to pursue their strategic objectives. Development of this new paradigm in transportation is now progressing to the stage of actual future-for-flight trials in different cities yet more demonstrator projects are required in order to lead the way to boost investor confidence, further projects demonstrating scaling up, and the sector seeing applications in a real-world scenario, in order for new technologies to mature.
AIN Media Group
Executive Director of Aircraft Certification
Hybrid Air Vehicles
Head of Design & Technology
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Daniel Galhardo Gomes
Strategic Marketing Director
17:05 PM to 17:30 PM
Pigs might fly – how the future of aviation is becoming a reality
Aviation and aerospace is at a critical point in its history. Rachel Gardner-Poole explores the exciting variety of technical solutions that are becoming a reality, the people needed to make it happen and how it’s an opportunity to change public perception of the industry for the better.
17:30 to 17:40
17:45 PM to 19:15 PM
Networking Drinks Reception
08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
Breakfast Briefing with Target True Zero - World Economic Forum Initiative and McKinsey and Co. (Invitation Only)
Registration / Doors Open
09:30 AM to 09:50 AM
The Regulator’s Vision
This keynote will highlight both the Civil Aviation Authority’s primary role as the safety regulator and its role enabling technological innovation through regulation. Outlining the Civil Aviation Authority’s ongoing sustainability work, this speech encourages collaboration and dialogue across industry and government to provide confidence and make meaningful progress on solutions such as SAF, zero carbon flight and airspace modernisation. It will also emphasise the importance of bringing the public along with these changes. The session will look to the future of aviation, particularly how to develop the necessary skills in the aviation sector to meet sustainability ambitions.
09:50 AM to 10:10 AM
10:10 AM to 11:00 AM
Panel: Sustainable Infrastructures
Most environmental concerns around air travel focus on the role of aircraft, but associated infrastructure, including airports and flight paths, also have an impact on the environment, and improvements are being made.
Chair Sustainability Working Group
British Aviation Group
Alexandre de Joybert
Airports Council International Europe
Aerospace Projects Lead
World Economic Forum
Head of ESG & Environmental Strategy
System Development Manager
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Panel: Funding Transition
When talking about sustainability, one of the main topics of discussion is, of course, how it will be funded. CFO and Investor’s voices need to be much louder on this journey to Net Zero. The global finance industry also recognises it needs to play a significant role in reaching net zero; and while its focus has typically been on financing green assets and projects, the development of sustainability linked finance has begun to bridge the gap between green industries and traditional industries to assist the latter in achieving ESG targets. This has given aviation financiers a new tool with which to play their part in the wider aviation industry drive to reach net zero. And it’s not just about finance having the power to drive sustainability. Rather, it is the acknowledgement that sustainability will impact financial decisions and outcomes in the short and long term as businesses execute their ESG plans.
Visiting Professor, Cranfield University
Michael Rurik Halaby
Managing Director - Head of Aviation Advisory
Green Finance Institute
Chief Financial Officer
Marie Owens Thomsen
SVP Sustainability and Chief Economist
11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Sustainable Aviation’s Net Zero Carbon Road-Map
In this session, we will focus on the launch of the updated UK aviation industry Net Zero Carbon Road-Map published by Sustainable Aviation, setting out the latest analysis on how the industry can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Sustainable Aviation is a coalition representing all parts of the UK aviation industry including airlines, airports and aerospace manufacturers.
12:00 PM to 12:15 PM
12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
BREAK - DEMO Walkaround
12:45 PM to 13:30 PM
Panel: How can political leadership accelerate Net Zero progress
While governments globally agree on the need to reach Net Zero by 2050, further international cooperation will be vital to decarbonising this ultimate global industry, working in ever stronger partnerships with industry. Policy support and political leadership, be it to drive forward sustainable aviation fuel production, enhance R&D in zero-emission technologies and deliver the airport and energy infrastructure needed to power and facilitate the transition will be vital. In this session we’ll hear from political leaders discuss their vision for a net zero future for aviation, the different strategies being employed and important lessons learnt.
Professor Rob Miller
Chair, Aerothermal Technology and Whittle Lab Director
Shadow Minister Transport
Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment,
Chief Sustainability Officer
First Secretary - Climate and Environment
European Union Delegation to the United Kingdom
13:30 PM to 14:15 PM
Panel: Breaking Ground
This panel discussion involving members from the 100% SAF, Net Zero Transatlantic Flight collaboration, led by Virgin Atlantic, will be discussing their approach to this historic journey and providing insights into the different roles and responsibilities of each party and their contribution towards the project.
Senior Manager, Sustainable Aviation Lead
Head of Sustainability
Engineering Specialist - Fuels and Lubricants
14:20 PM to 14:40 PM
Keynote: Closing the Skills Gap
The availability and continuous development of skilled workers is the lifeblood of any industry wanting to maintain and increase its market share and to remain a leader in the fiercely competitive global marketplace. Aerospace and aviation is no different.
14:40 PM to 15:25 PM
Panel: Jet Zero Generation - Balancing Sustainability, Consumer Demand and Public Perception
Aviation and aerospace are amongst the most vibrant and important sectors in the global economy; however, is climate change affecting consumer attitudes to flying and the willingness of young people to join the sector? In this session we’ll hear from leading pollsters with their insights into public perceptions on aviation and climate change and the implications for sector’s journey to net zero, the implications for industry, and how it can make a positive case for the opportunities these challenges present for today’s young people, who will be the Jet Zero Generation of engineers, designers and pilots who will live the transition to a net zero world.
Head of the Climate Change & Sustainability Practice
The Air League
Director Transformation & Change
15:25 PM to 15:30 PM
Connected Places Catapult - Dinner (Invitation Only)
To register your interest in attending the dinner, please visit: https://cp.catapult.org.uk/event/future-of-air-mobility-accelerator-celebration/
Following on from the inaugural Sustainable Skies World Summit (SSWS) in 2022, the event returns this year to accelerate the industry’s efforts towards meeting its commitments to make Net Zero a reality.
Showcasing the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology, SSWS23 will bring together the wider aviation ecosystem, including government representatives, regulators, NGOs, members of academia and other key stakeholders driving the innovative breakthroughs towards achieving Jet Zero.
Sustainability is the most pressing topic of every conversation these days and it is now more prominent than ever. It is shaping the future of many organisations that are taking a holistic approach to their business strategies in order to create a lasting positive environmental impact.
Sustainable Skies World Summit 2023, taking place on the 17-18 April will address the issues challenging the industry and look for solutions towards a cleaner, more sustainable future of air travel.
Partner with us to become part of conversations shaping the future of sustainable aviation, hosted by Farnborough International - a world-class leader of aviation events with decades of experience in the industry.
Partners of Sustainable Skies World Summit 2023
Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
The Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is the home of Pioneering Spirit and will be hosting SSWS 2023. Farnborough is rich in aviation history with the very first powered flight in 1908 by Samuel Cody and has hosed the world-famous Farnborough International Airshow since 1948. For decades, Farnborough has showcased many pioneering triumphs in aerospace, which is why it is the home of British Aviation. Farnborough is the perfect setting for the Sustainable Skies World Summit.
Accomodation & Travel
This section provides general information on the most frequently asked questions about Sustainable Skies World Summit 2023.
A. Registration for the Sustainable Skies World Summit is now open. Book your FREE ticket here: https://enrolment.engage-powered.com/farnborough/?e=47&siteid=VISITOR
A. There will be no onsite registration at this year's Sustainable Skies World Summit so all visitors must register in advance.
A. This year's event is completely face-to-face, however you will be able to follow the conversation through our social media channels. Make sure you're following the Sustainable Skies World Summit pages on LinkedIn, Twitter & Instagram and use the hashtags #SSWS23 and #SustainableSkies to share your thoughts.
A. Please reach out to our team at [email protected] and we will get back to you in due course.
A. Please refer to the Getting Here section under our Key Information article.
A. Free onsite parking will be provided and electrical charging points will be available if required.
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A. Complimentary carer pass for those accompanying a disabled visitor, disabled toilets across the show site, and disabled car parking. Whilst we do not allow animals on site, guide and assistance dogs are permitted.
A. Back for it’s second year, the Sustainable Skies World Summit is designed to showcase and support the aerospace industry’s efforts towards meeting its Net Zero. We’ll be welcoming experts from across the sector, for 2 days of conference sessions, networking opportunities and a showcase area featuring companies at the forefront of sustainability innovation.
A. This year, the Sustainable Skies World Summit will focus on highlighting the efforts already taken by the aviation industry in the path to Net Zero and open discussion on what needs to be done next. This will include promoting opportunities for the next generation of engineers and young people who will play a crucial role in ensuring the longevity of efforts.
A. Net Zero is the target of reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing CO2 in order to totally negate the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity.
The UK Government has set out strategies to decarbonise all sectors of the UK economy in order to meet our Net Zero targets by 2050.
A. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is an alternative to fossil fuels. Compared to traditional jet fuel, SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%. Learn more.
A. There is a wide range of aerospace companies presenting their sustainability technology and initiatives at this year’s event. For an up-to-date list, please check out the Showcase tab to view the profiles of the companies involved.
A. Representatives from across the aerospace and aviation industry will be speaking throughout our 2-day conference programme. Check out the speakers tab for a full list or view to the agenda for session details.
Join us, as industry leaders shaping the future of air travel come together once again to showcase the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology and discuss tangible next steps of the global net zero strategy at the Sustainable Skies World Summit, held at the Farnborough International & Exhibition Conference Centre.
We invite you to register for the Sustainable Skies World Summit 2023 (17th and 18th April 2023) and take part in two days of demonstrations, insight, connections, and progressive industry discussion.
Please note: There will be no onsite registration at the event so please ensure you have registered for your ticket before attending.