The aviation industry is on its way to returning to the skies, and part of that return must include reducing its contribution to climate change. The current options are limited and complex, but with urgent action and collaboration from multiple stakeholders and consumer demand for sustainable aviation still strong, significant reductions in aviation emissions are possible.

Shell Aviation advocates a three-tiered carbon-management approach to reducing CO2 emissions:

  • Avoid emissions: By adopting new technologies and achieving operational efficiencies that eliminate CO2 output, particularly on the ground
  • Reduce emissions: Through the use of sustainable aviation fuel
  • Offset emissions: By using high quality nature-based carbon credits to compensate for emissions

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Watch: Nature’s Role in Tackling Aviation Emissions

Airlines are feeling pressure to curb CO2 emissions today. Until sustainable fuel and technology solutions are deployed to help avoid and reduce emissions directly, the industry will also need comprehensive carbon offset programmes if it is to meet its net emissions reduction targets. The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Webb points to airlines’ opportunity to benefit from the most effective carbon sink “technology” available today: nature itself.

Watch: What will it take to scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard. But as airlines chart a path to recovery, part of their return must include reducing the industry’s contribution to climate change. Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer of biofuel producer World Energy, discusses what it will take to help sustainable aviation fuel scale to the point where it will be competitive with conventional jet fuel.

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The aviation industry is running out of time to deploy carbon-mitigation tools, such as sustainable aviation fuel, and consumers are increasingly demanding that airlines take action today. David Hone, Shell’s top climate adviser has warned that the short window in which to act poses a risk that the sector will fail to hit its goal to halve CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005.

Is turning to nature the answer to cleaner skies?

When CO2 emissions can’t be avoided, offsets can reduce the impact. But not all offsets are created equal. Nature-based solutions show promising potential. 

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