Research study shows that investment is urgently needed in new technology to mitigate CO2 emissions at UK airports

July 28, 2022 |

In the UK, a new research by Cranfield University has revealed that multi-million-pound investment is urgently needed in technologies including direct air capture (DAC) if the UK aims to make ‘green’ airports a reality in the future.

In the study, which focused primarily on emissions from the operational aspects of airports, researchers looked at how carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies could be deployed across the sector to help some airports effectively become green energy ‘power stations’ to fuel the aircraft they serve for achieving the true net zero target.

The researchers said that a combination of integrating renewable green hydrogen technology with DAC and sustainable aviation fuel, would help in the UK’s Net Zero ambitions.

“This all requires long-term investment and strong leadership alongside an integrated energy policy and incentive scheme to facilitate such changes. In the long-run, we could see some airports act as power stations to fuel sustainable air transport operations,” said Chikage Miyoshi, a co-author of the report from Cranfield University and lead for the university’s new Sustainable Aviation Systems Laboratory.

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