Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024
We are excited to announce the highly-anticipated return of the Sustainable Skies World Summit, taking place on 15-16 May 2024 at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre!
Gathering government representatives, regulators, airlines, OEMs, investors, members of academia and media from across the world to discuss and address the immediate and long-term concerns and actionable solutions that are driving the sector towards a more sustainable future, this event will further accelerate the industry’s progress towards reaching its Net Zero commitments.
Register now to secure your free ticket and be the first to hear about the latest event updates.
SSWS24 Conference Agenda
08:30 to 09:30
Session:Breakfast Briefing (Invitation Only - Media)
Session:Registration / Morning networking (for all visitors)
10:00 to 10:20
Session:Opening Keynote: Pioneering Sustainable Aviation, Counting Wins and Losses
10:20 to 10:40
Session:Keynote: ICAO’s 2050 Vision Update
Follow up from CAAF 3. What are the long-term aspirations - for SAF, LCAF and other cleaner energy sources for aviation? How does ICAO plan not to leave any country behind? (NCLB initiative).
10:40 to 11:00
Session:Government Keynote: Powering Up Britain
Over 6 months after the PM recommits the UK to Net Zero by 2050 and his pledge of a “fairer” path to achieving the target (Sept’23) - what is the Transport Ministry's latest update?
11:00 to 11:50
Hear from the leaders racing towards a greener future! Understanding the adoption of the latest technologies.
11:50 to 12:10
Session:Keynote: A Better, Greener World
12:10 to 14:15
Session:LUNCH BREAK (Jet Zero Council Working Group)
13:00 to 13:20
What are the implications for electricity generation, land use and policy?
13:20 to 13:40
The World Bank predicted that the move to sustainable transport could deliver savings of $70 trillion by 2050. All stakeholders have a role to play - How can Aviation, Road Transport and Maritime help each other hit targets?
13:40 to 14:25
Session:Panel: Bridging the gap between transport and energy
Transport cannot be decarbonised one mode at a time, but instead requires a holistic approach that recognises the greater efficiency of some energy pathways and the limited availability of sustainable biofuels. In this session, we will look at the different pathways and how to get them to the same level of maturity (on policy and to achieve full scale). We will discuss questions such as
• Can the grid cope with extra demand from Electric Transport be it cars, aircraft…
• Is the biofuel industry approaching a feedstock crunch? Are we in competition?
• Hydrogen infrastructure conundrum
14:25 to 14:45
Session:Keynote “A year on from the Roadmap”
14:45 to 14:55
Session:Keynote - JET ZERO
At SSWS23 Jet Zero Council published a 2-year plan to support a wider target of decarbonising the aviation sector by 2050. Time for a midpoint check. Are any adjustments needed at this point or are we on track?
14:55 to 15:40
Session:Policy Panel: The Promise and Pitfalls of the Energy Transition
• Fit for 55 package (SAF mandate and allowances)
• Inflation Reduction Act
• UK SAF Mandate (consultation results)
• Carbon Removal Incentives
15:40 to 16:00
16:00 to 16:45
Session:Panel: Race to the finish line
SAF Ambition vs. Delivery According to DfT their new measures to support sustainable aviation fuel industry, along with the introduction of a SAF mandate in 2025, will provide fuel security, grow the economy and help to create new jobs by 2030. But is this enough to get us to target? What are the lessons learnt from the first transatlantic flight?
16:45 to 17:30
Session:Panel: Carbon Removals, “not just an option – but a necessity”
Unsurprisingly, the IPCC's latest report (March, 2023) highlights the need to implement CO2 removal methods to achieve Net Zero CO2 or GHG. Air Canada, United Airlines, easyJet are among the airlines that have invested in carbon-capture technologies. Furthermore, UK ETS Reform July 2023 states aviation businesses need to buy allowances for every tonne of carbon emitted under the scheme.
17:45 to 19:00
Session:SSWS24 Networking Drinks Reception
08:30 to 09:30
Session:Breakfast Briefing (Invitation Only)
Session:Registration / Doors Open
10:00 to 10:20
Non-CO2 effects account for two-thirds of aviation’s total climate impact, but no mitigation measures have made it so far in the EU’s aviation climate package. What is the industry doing to address its full impact?
10:20 to 11:05
Session:Panel: Flight emissions and climate change: it’s not only about CO2
Despite scientific advancement many flight emissions calculators do not account for non-CO2 effects, resulting in a gross underestimation of the total climate footprint of a flight. In this session, we’ll discuss the non-CO2 effects. We’ll touch on the global assessment of contrails, uncertainties and mitigation strategies. Our experts will update us on the latest science.
11:05 to 11:25
Session:Fireside chat: Adaptation measures to increase climate resilience of airports
Airports are classified as critical infrastructure due to their essential role in both mobility and economic growth. However, due to their fixed infrastructures and high vulnerability to disruptive weather events, they are particularly vulnerable to the potential consequences of climate change, which can create both operational and commercial impacts. It is therefore necessary to develop resilience to climate-related risks to protect the vital airport infrastructure and ensure the service continuity of airport operations.
11:25 to 11:45
Session:Keynote: Hydrogen and its potential in aviation
11:45 to 12:30
Session:Panel – Meeting the challenges for hydrogen integration
Airports and airfields will play a critical part in enabling the aims of ZEF. As a result, they urgently need to plan for the required infrastructure, which must evolve rapidly to meet the needs of future operations. Roll-out of this next-generation infrastructure will have to be managed with both maximum safety and minimum service disruption. he first hydrogen-fuelled service is expected to be operational in the UK as early as 2024. This timeframe highlights the need for an urgent change to fundamental infrastructure to enable and support hydrogen operations.
12:30 to 13:30
Session:LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING
13:30 to 13:50
Session:Keynote: Unlocking Investment in the Service of Sustainable Growth
13:50 to 14:35
Session:Panel: A Deep Dive into Finance
With the convergence of CSRD and CORSIA compliance pressures impacting aviation players within 2 years, it is natural to see an increase in transition, green and sustainability-linked financing in the aviation sector. However, while we’ve seen increasingly novel financing products, creditors are getting increasingly concerned about reputational and greenwashing litigation risk. The industry needs to develop more targeted KPIs in sustainability-linked financing to help prevent greenwashing, assess metrics to measure aircraft and engine efficiency and decarbonisation effectiveness and focus on decoupling CO2 emissions trends from capacity growth, amongst other objectives. In this session, we’ll also discuss how the Government sees their role in driving private investment into the Net Zero transition.
14:35 to 14:55
Rob Johnston, Assistant General Secretary, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), says there is a need for continued dialogue with airlines, airports, ANSPs, and OEMs to remind them that workers must be consulted throughout the process to ensure a smooth and just transition to a sustainable future.
How are businesses integrating the transition into their Corporate Culture? Are they bringing their employees with them on the journey and putting in place the relevant initiatives to attract the workforce of the future?
Financial sustainability is also integral to the industry’s future and that inevitably brings forth the thorny topic of wages.
14:55 to 15:15
Session:Keynote: Revolutionising Airport Pushbacks
Earlier this year, Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling made headlines with the announcement of its partnership with WheelTug. The use of the latter's technology allows Vueling's aircraft to push back without using their engines, providing optimum sustainability in the sense that it delays the engine startup until the latest possible moment, reducing emissions.
15:15 to 15:55
Session:Panel: What makes a sustainable Airport
Airports have the opportunity to adopt low emission development strategies, optimise their energy and resource use, pioneer the use of electric vehicles within their estates, embed circular economy principles as they build new capacity, and drive socially valuable outcomes for local populations. In this session, we’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges they face developing highly integrated approaches.
15:55 to 16:00
Technology Showcase (2023)
Showcasing the latest developments in sustainable aviation technology, SSWS24 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 Net Zero.
Explore the companies that were involved in the Technology Showcase at last year's SSWS below:
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 2024, taking place on the 15-16 May 2024 will address the issues challenging the industry and look for solutions towards a cleaner, more sustainable future of air travel.
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Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre
The Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre is the home of Pioneering Spirit and will be hosting the Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024. 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, making it the perfect setting for the Sustainable Skies World Summit.
Accommodation & Travel
This section provides general information on the most frequently asked questions about Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024.
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 #SSWS24 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.
A. For all media enquiries, please contact [email protected]
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 third 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 will be a wide range of aerospace companies presenting their sustainability technology and initiatives at this year’s event and this will begin to be announced closer to the event. For a list of the companies involved in last year's event, please check out the Showcase tab.
A. Representatives from across the aerospace and aviation industry will be speaking throughout our 2-day conference programme and these will be announced closer to the event. For now, please check out the speakers tab for a full list of the leading voices that joined us for SSWS23.
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 2024 (15th and 16th May 2024) 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.