Achieving net zero aviation


The UK was the first major aviation sector in the world to commit to net zero CO₂ by 2050. Achieving net zero aviation will take coordinated and determined action, taking in clean aircraft technologies and propulsion systems, sustainable aviation fuels, advances in materials, manufacturing and aircraft maintenance and more efficient airspace and airport operations. 

At the University of Nottingham we have sector-leading strengths in these fields.

With the support of partners including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Leonardo, our ambition is to make the East Midlands the world’s foremost location for low-carbon aerospace innovation.

Discover how our researchers will deliver a new generation of aircraft - clean, sustainable, safe and silent – and help the world achieve its zero carbon targets. 

For more on our world-leading research in aerospace, materials and energy please visit:

Power Electronics and Machines Centre

The Institute for Aerospace Technology

Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence 

The Energy Institute

COP26: together, we can make a difference

COP26 is an opportunity for our scientists and engineers to come together with aviation companies and policy makers to find solutions to a global crisis of great urgency. I am proud that our researchers remain defiant and dedicated in the face of this complex challenge, and that the University of Nottingham, through innovation and collaboration, is in the vanguard as the UK takes a global lead in securing net zero aviation.”

Chris Gerada, Professor of Electrical Machines and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Industrial Strategy, Business Engagement and Impact



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