CIRCULAR AVIATION FOR GREEN GROWTH @ EU GREEN WEEK PARTNER EVENT

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.

How does circular aviation translate to action across the entire aviation value chain consisting of numerous industries which are heavily interlinked?
Which innovations in industrial production, such as additive manufacturing, enable circular approaches?
What are responses to calls for upcycling and recycling of new composite materials, boneyards filled with long haul aircraft, as well as in-house material scrap?

The event enables a dialogue among the stakeholders in the ecosystem fulfilling their responsibility in reducing the overall aviation environmental footprint without impacting economic growth and limiting the movement of passengers. (See Flightpath 2050). 

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PROGRAMME

Please note: All times are in CEST time (Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, Rome, Ljubljana, Beograd, Warsaw)

TIME 

SESSION 

15:00

WELCOME Jürgen Roither (SUSTAINair coordinator, AIT-LKR)

15:05

16:00

SHOWCASE Research and innovation projects for circular aviation

WELCOME Hugues Felix, CINEA

MODERATOR Stein Janssens, KU Leuven

PRESENTERS

MEET THE PANELLISTS

LIGEIA PALETTI, FutureSky of EREA

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, SAMPE

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, AIRBUS

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

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

#CircularAviation

#EUGreenWeek

The event will take place on Zoom.  

To facilitate interaction between the panelists, speakers and the audience, the chat option will be open for questions at all times. 

Registration is free and the registration slots are limited, therefore please register now on EventBrite here

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. 

The European Green Week 2021 is dedicated to the ‘zero pollution ambition’. The EU Action Plan toward a Zero Pollution Ambition is a key action of the European Green Deal building on initiatives in energy, industry, mobility, agriculture, biodiversity, and climate.

RESOURCES

Q&A

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.

Recording

The event will be recorded, and the recording may be published on the event website pending prior approval by the speakers and panelists. 

Presentations

The presentations (PPT) will be made available for download on the event website. 

 

Event hashtag: #CircularAviation #EUGreenWeek 

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