The need to reduce CO2 emissions in the aviation world has now been clearly defined and accepted. Yet the technological innovations poised to make a significant difference, such as SAF (61% CO2 emissions reduction) and low emissions aircraft (22% CO2 emissions reductions), are unlikely to be ready and make a significant impact in the next five-to-ten years.
Leveraging decades of experience and client relations in the fields of ATM and avionics, Thales has been analysing closely processes and flight paths around the world to seek innovative, short-term solutions. The outcome of this analysis shows that by optimising operations - such as flight paths, ground operations and weather optimisation - it would be possible to reduce CO2 emissions tomorrow on long haul flights by up to 11% and on short haul flights by up to 14.7%.
Just as importantly, number of these actions could also have a significant impact on reducing non-CO2 emissions, which represent two thirds of aviation’s total climate impact.