Virgin Atlantic and Lanzatec celebrating the first trans Atlantic flight on recycled carbon fuel
fly shame and no fly movements gaining rapid ground in Europe
"You can’t create awareness if you keep your mouth shut" - DJ Sam Feldt
"revenge" travel in China; domestic travel is up by 20% in 2021, the biggest market in the world with lots of pent up demand
"Airbus has the ambition to be the first in the world to bring a zero-emission commercial aircraft to the market in the 2030s" Glenn Llewelyn
"The goal of this flying V airplane is to move to these new type of concepts so that we can take the next step in improving air dynamic efficiencies" - Malcolm Brown
Bernice studies synthetic kerosine at the Paris Airshow
"contrails have a larger impact than C02 emissions. By 2050 we might have a tripling of the impact of contrails on climate" - Ulrike Burkhardt, DLR
In 2019 Boeing rolled out two airplanes a day, 42 airplanes a month – and planned for more.
"There are 65.5 million jobs supported by aviation, over $3 trillion of GDP - social and economic benefits for the whole world" - Michael McGill, ATAG
"Generation Easyjet: They have these misconceptions that I recycle and I’m vegan, so therefore I can fly 10 times a year" - Roger Tylers
URGENCY TO ACT
Sky Gods addresses the excessive growth of the aviation industry in the last 10 years and what it would take to make flying more sustainable. When we started in 2018, the pressing issues in aviation were overflying, overgrowth and too much pollution. Only 5% of the world’s population flies yet, it’s responsible for 4% of the world’s carbon pollution. As the industry keeps growing so will its considerable carbon footprint: just one overseas trip is equivalent to all of an individual person’s emissions for an entire year. When COVID 19 hit, grounding 90% of global air traffic we felt what it meant not to be able to fly.
Now one year later, It’s impossible to predict which scenario plays out once travel resumes; from bailout deals to bankruptcy to initiatives of clean aviation. Air travel will be back — it has to be back, it is the most global of global industries employing millions and underpinning the livelihood of millions more. But the way we travel and why we travel has a chance to undergo a dramatic transformation. If the sector cannot find ways to rebuild itself sustainably after COVID 19, it will face painful disruption again in the future, as its part in the climate emergency has to be addressed.