Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (LSE:RR.), Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Airbus Group are calling for greater collaboration between the aviation sector and governments to reduce carbon emissions to zero more quickly.

The current UN Race to Zero target is 100% net-zero by 2050, but the three companies say they are investing in technologies that could achieve this sooner for the sector.

Rolls-Royce today announced a new aim for all its Trent series engines, used across a range of long-haul aircraft, to have been proven compatible with 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

That means that within two years Rolls-Royce believes it will have proven that net-zero carbon operation is possible with about 40% of the world’s long-haul aircraft engines.

Warren East, chief executive, Rolls-Royce, said: “We need partners who share our vision for the use of SAFs as a solution for reducing emissions on a long-haul flight, to help all of us successfully transition to a net-zero carbon future.”

The calls are among many being made by companies ahead of the COP26 Climate Conference that takes place in Glasgow in a few weeks.

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