Points to be noted
- As worries about the environment and sustainability grow, talks about aviation have shifted to how innovations and ideas could lessen the sector’s environmental footprint.
- “I do worry over the longer term, though, on sustainable aviation fuels… what’s that going to do to food costs going forward?” Michael O’Leary asks during a talk at one of the Sustainable Future Forums.
- Ryanair and Trinity College Dublin have formed a sustainable aviation research centre, with the airline donating 1.5 million euros ($1.75 million).
Acknowledgement by CEO of Ryanair
Ryanair’s CEO acknowledged the necessity for ambitious long-term aviation fuel targets while also raising worries about the impact on food costs.
Michael O’Leary claimed his company was investing “a lot of money” with Trinity College Dublin on research into sustainable aviation fuel, or SAF, during a conversation at the Sustainable Future Forum on Wednesday. The two groups opened a sustainable aviation research centre in April, with the airline donating 1.5 million euros ($1.75 million).
In addition to SAF, the facility will study noise mapping and zero-carbon aeroplane propulsion systems.
Ryanair has set a goal of using SAF to power 12.5 % of its flights by 2030. However, in an interview with reporters, O’Leary stated it was “a ambitious aim – I’m not sure we’ll get there.”
Challenges and concerns for sustainability and environment
Carbon dioxide emissions from aviation “have climbed quickly over the previous two decades,” according to the International Energy Agency, reaching about 1 metric gigaton in 2019. This translates to “approximately 2.8 % of worldwide CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion,” according to the report.
As worries about the environment and sustainability grow, talks about aviation have shifted to how new inventions and ideas could lessen the sector’s environmental footprint.
Worry regarding emerging technologies and prospects
When it comes to the future of new and developing technology in the industry, O’Leary was cautious.
He stated, “I believe… we should be honest again.” “Certainly, over the next decade… I don’t believe you’ll see any — there’s no technology out there that will replace… carbon, jet aviation.”
“So it will almost surely be after my airline career is over… but I’m hoping it will arrive before the end of our mortal life.”