Key milestones in sustainable aerospace

The timeline below outlines a roadmap for sustainable aerospace. It begins with the the signed commitment at Paris Airshow 2019 from seven of the world’s major aviation manufacturers and continues to the delivery of Net Zero emissions in 2050.

Also during the period 2019 – 2025 – UK airlines are scheduled to receive 360 latest generation aircraft, boosting the fuel efficiency of the UK aircraft fleet, and reducing emissions.

Sustainable Aerospace Timeline

  • Paris Airshow 2019

    At the 2019 Paris Airshow, the Chief Technology Officers of seven major global aerospace manufacturers release a Unified Commitment demonstrating how they are working to achieve industry goals on CO2 emission reduction. Find out more.

  • 2020

    UK aviation has committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050, and sets out the latest Sustainable Aviation Decarbonisation Roadmap to show how this goal will be reached.

  • 2021

    Pilot phase of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) begins, to run to 2023.

  • November 2021

    The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26 will take place in Glasgow.

  • 2024

    1st full phase of CORSIA begins, running to 2024. Like the Pilot phase, this will apply to nations that have volunteered to participate, including the UK and many EU member states.

  • 2027

    2nd phase of CORSIA begins, running to 2035 and applying to all nations with an individual share of international aviation activities above a defined threshold.

  • 2035

    Introduction of radical new aircraft types from 2035 onwards. Regional Short-range Hybrid Electric Flights to begin, and UK production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel to reach 1m tonnes a year, creating 5,200 jobs.

  • 2040

    Pure Electric aircraft begin to be used on shorter range flights, cutting UK aviation CO2 emissions by up to 24 per cent by 2050.

  • 2050

    Target date for UK aviation to achieve Net Zero emissions. By 2050 there will be increasing use of hybrid electric for regional and European flights, and 4.5m tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel produced in the UK every year.