Net Zero Emission target, the countdown has started

Fly Net Zero

With just over 26 years to reach our industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions, and with demand for aviation expected to more than double over the same period, the time to accelerate initiatives for sustainable aviation is now.

Following our interview with Bombardier Senior Director of communication during the latest Dubai Airshow, it is clear that the industry is multiplying its initiatives to meet the ambitious target of carbon neutrality by 2050.


Like in the automotive industry, the aviation industry recognizes that there is not one solution. Therefore, it is very exciting to see the multiplication of projects and initiatives aimed at reducing the industries carbon footprint.

JetFlo, who aims to be the leader in innovative solutions, is happy to present this short summary of the latest and most promising initiatives.


1) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)


In relation to carbon emission and fuel efficiency, the spotlight is on the engine manufacturers. All engine manufacturers agree that to enable the next “big step” in efficiency, more advanced aircraft propulsion technologies will take time to develop and deploy at scale. This is why SAF is so critical for reaching the net-zero goal. SAF is an eco-friendly jet fuel made from renewable feedstocks, such as woody biomass, waste oils and agricultural residues. Using SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% over the lifecycle of the fuel compared to traditional jet fuel, meaning as a “drop in” solution, SAF is currently the most effective alternative on the market.

As mentioned in the interview; all of Bombardier’s demo fleet is now fuelled using blended SAF. In addition, Gulfstream recently announced the completion of a first transatlantic flight powered 100% on SAF, showcasing the fact that most of today’s engines are capable of using SAF.

Unfortunately, SAF supply is well short of what the industry needs, but momentum is building behind airline demand, energy companies and government policy, which could improve incentives for financing the required investments in production infrastructure.

Recently the UK government took a strong step by issuing a mandate to use 10% of SAF by 2030 on all flights in the UK. To support this ambition, the UK government announced on November 17th a £53M fund to support 9 pioneering projects to increase SAF production capacities.

With the development of book and claim solutions, private jet users can already purchase SAF for their flights. The book-and-claim model allows operators or clients to buy SAF certificates without being geographically tied to the supply, which is still today limited.


2)    Manufacturer’s initiatives


In addition to the use of SAF, a lot of aircraft manufacturers are looking into the future and developing new tools and technology to help achieve the 2050 zero emission target. This can include changes to the design of aircraft to make them more efficient, for example, improving the efficiency of engines, designing more aerodynamic aircraft and the use of advanced lightweight materials to reduce the weight of aircraft. Outside of aircraft design, investments are also directed towards enhancing flight planning tools to ensure flights are conducted with utmost efficiency. Optimized flight path planning enables companies to minimize aircraft mileage, resulting in decreased fuel consumption and emissions.

French Manufacturer Dassault Aviation revealed during NBAA in Las Vegas its new flight planning tool called FalconWays that allows pilots to select the most fuel-efficient routes for their flights. They have extensively tested this new tool and claim that it can reduce fuel consumption up to 7%.

Moving to design advancements, during the same NBAA-BACE event in Las Vegas, Canadian manufacturer Bombardier announced the 2nd phase of its EcoJet project, a blended wing body prototype developed by Bombardier.

The goal of this project is to test the blended wing body aircraft configuration as well as new technologies to reduce business jets emissions by 50%.

3)    Hydrogen as a fuel source?


The appeal of hydrogen engines as a solution lies in two primary factors: the ability to produce and consume hydrogen without generating CO2, and the widespread availability of hydrogen in water. These factors earmark hydrogen as a key enabler in achieving the Green Deal’s set targets for transitioning from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.


Targeted research and development activities have shown promising results so far, but more research and development on hydrogen as an aviation fuel is needed. Such disruptive innovation will require significant aircraft research and development, further development of fuel cell technology and liquid hydrogen tanks, and also investment into fleet and hydrogen infrastructure and accompanying regulations and certification standards to ensure safe, reliable and economic hydrogen-powered aircraft can take to the skies. Industry experts anticipate that it will take 10 to 15 years to make these important advancements and that it is most likely to be best suited for commuter, short and medium range aircraft.




While aircraft are gradually improving efficiency and reducing fuel consumption, these changes are incremental and slow, unlikely to be decisive in achieving the aviation industry’s net-zero emissions goals by 2050. Currently, the most promising solution involves the expansion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) infrastructure to enhance its global availability and position it as a mainstream option. At JetFlo, we believe that to achieve the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality, we need to explore all alternative solutions in terms of fuel, flight optimisation and new design. Solutions such as JetFlo’s Green Quote already exist and can make a major contribution to reducing the impact of private jet flights. We urgently need to adopt these new solutions if we are to achieve our ambitious targets and continue to enjoy the many benefits of business aviation.


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