Sustainable Aviation: Key Themes for SSWS23

The second edition of the Sustainable Skies World Summit (SSWS), organised and hosted by Farnborough International, is now only a couple of months away.

Taking place 17-18 April 2023, this year’s edition of SSWS will centre around 5 key themes:

  • SAF
  • Carbon Removal
  • Zero Emissions
  • Operation Efficiency
  • Future of Flight

So, let’s take a closer look at each of the 5 key themes and how they are important to the drive towards NetZero.


Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) are highly regarded as one of the key strategies in helping the aviation industry achieve a reduction in emissions. Compared with conventional fossil fuels, SAF reduces CO2 emissions across its life cycle.

The cost and availability of SAF often comes down to government support and the supply chain, with many in the industry calling for more government-led incentives to advance the market.

Carbon Removal

As the industry strives to find long-term solutions to alternative fuels, direct carbon capture and removal could also help companies meet NetZero targets. This technology is still very much in early development but research suggests that it could prove to have a significant impact on climate change.

Zero Emissions

Zero emission flight is closer to a reality that you may think. Whilst SAF might offer an immediate solution to cutting CO2 emissions, the industry is working incredibly hard to develop and test hydrogen, electric, solar and hybrid solutions that can offer zero emission flights.  

Operation Efficiency

Whilst discussion is often dominated by the role of aircraft themselves, there is a significant role to play from associated infrastructure including airports and flight paths.

With flight schedules nearly back to pre-COVID figures, operational efficiency will have a key impact on the environment and the industry’s goal to reach NetZero by 2050.

Future of Flight

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is a key element of the future of flight and fundamentally part of the decarbonisation of the aviation sector. Development of these new vehicles is accelerating rapidly with many test flights in their early stages.


SSWS23: Thought-Leadership

These themes will be explored further at SSWS23, not only signifying the specialisms of the different companies exhibiting but also to provide structure to the innovative 2-day conference programme.

A mixture of keynotes, fireside chats and panel sessions will examine the various nuances and issues surrounding sustainability and the aerospace sector. This includes highlighting the progress already made towards NetZero, the milestones we still need to achieve on the path to 2050, and how we can inspire the next generation to get involved in the sector.


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