Aviation and Aerospace leaders from across the South West met at Bristol Airport (BRS/EGGD) today to discuss working together to help the region meet Net Zero for the aviation industry.
Representatives from Rolls Royce, Airbus, easyJet, GKN, Atkins, Vertical Aerospace, Universal Hydrogen and Wood joined the airport to discuss projects which includes a number of projects already underway with a consortium led by Atkins and including Bristol Airport.
These clean aviation projects including feasibility studies on electric powered air taxis which offer vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL).
Following the event, the participants released a joint statement: “We are committed to working together to drive the development and adoption of zero emissions technologies across the whole aerospace and aviation industry in the South West and beyond. This will involve cross-sector collaboration and innovation that will help deliver the UK’s sustainable aviation ambitions and enable the UK to build back better from the pandemic, driving recovery and job creation across the region and the country.”
Emma Gilthorpe, CEO of the Jet Zero Council added: “I welcome today’s roundtable discussion between many of the leading voices within the South West’s aviation and aerospace industry, and I am greatly encouraged by their joint commitment to support the decarbonisation of our sector. Collaborative regional planning such as this will ensure our industry harnesses it’s collective capabilities and maintains the benefits of flying for future generations, whilst also establishing a credible pathway to net-zero emissions.”
The event at Bristol Airport is one of many being organised by the regional hub designed to showcase and promote clean aviation and what the industry can do to decarbonise.