On 8 June 2021, the SUSTAINair project will welcome stakeholders of the European aviation and aerospace ecosystem to discuss the role circular economy has play in achieving sustainable aviation, accessible to all. Join the panel with representatives across the industry, technology and regulation spectrum followed by a showcase session of key enabling technologies.
BUSINESS CASE FOR SUSTAINABLE AVIATION?
Circular aviation is responding to the societal demand for sustainable aviation. Its economical and sustainable approach throughout all aspects of aviation, beyond in-flight operations is complementing the search for carbon neutral solutions to novel propulsion systems.
The European Green Week 2021 dedicated to “zero pollution ambition” is an excellent platform to raise awareness about the circular economy approaches tackling resource consumption and emissions along the entire value chain, including production of aircraft, maintenance, and end-of-life solutions.
Circular aviation approach fosters sustainability and resilience of the aerospace ecosystem based on key enabling technologies such as advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, photonics, as well as artificial intelligence for predictive diagnostics. The expected impact of circular aviation on material resource efficiency and the reduction of fuel consumption during operations, therefore emissions, is paradigm-changing.
Please note: All times are in CEST time (Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Rome, Ljubljana, Beograd, Warsaw)
SHOWCASE Research and innovation projects for circular aviation
WELCOME Hugues Felix, CINEA
MODERATOR Stein Janssens, KU Leuven
MEET THE PANELLISTS
Ligeia Paletti is an aerospace engineer working in the NLR’s Aerospace Vehicles Division. Within the Future Sky initiative of the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA), she is the theme leader for Circular Aviation.
Irene Fernandez Villegas is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Aerospace Materials and Structures Department of TU Delft. As an expert in polymer composite welding technologies she is representing Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE).
Isabell Gradert is the Airbus Fast Track Leader for Materials and the General Advisor for Materials Technology to the Chief Technology Officer of Airbus. In this capacity, she leads the company's cross-divisional materials roadmap for associated technologies, for which material end-to-end sustainability plays a key role. She is an aerospace engineer based in Airbus' Bremen, Germany outpost.
Sonell Shroff is a project officer at Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, responsible for the Eco-Design related activities. She holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the field of Aerospace Structures and Materials.
JOIN THE EVENT
CIRCULAR AVIATION: TOWARDS ZERO POLLUTION
At the European level, the transition towards a circular economy model has been illustrated in the EU Circular Economy Action Plan. The circular approach promotes the idea to think about an environmental impact of a service or a product already in its design phase. Circular aviation is nothing more than applying circular economy principles to the design, manufacturing, operations and end-of-life phases of aircraft.
The waste of high-quality, aerospace-grade materials at every stage of the aircraft lifecycle remains one of the biggest challenges to sustainable aviation. Multimaterial-design philosophy and smart materials enabling morphing, thus reducing energy consumption, demand innovative solutions for joining, maintainance & repair, as well as recycling.
Resource efficiency and pollution prevention are closely related as more efficient (re)use of aerospace materials reduces downgrading and landfills, minimizing pollution risks and its impact on the environment.
At the same time, using aerospace materials more efficiently is not at odds with the bottom line. The expected economic impact of the prolonged material life, reduction of buy-to-fly ratio, as well as valorization of the recycled material could be the answer the industry has been waiting for in its strive to reduce its costs and environmental impact.
Members of the audience are encouraged to participate in the panel discussion by asking questions at all times during the panel. Please use the provided chat option.
The event will be recorded, and the recording has been published here.
The presentations (PPT) have been made available here.