- Omer Bar-Yohay, Founder and CEO, Eviation Aircraft;
- Robert Boyd, Assistant Director, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association;
- Maria Fiskerud, Senior Project Manager, NEA Network;
- Dr Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech;
- Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation;
- Jens Martin Skibsted, Global Partner, Manyone.
While the coronavirus pandemic has seen a dramatic drop in air travel, prior to the COVID-19 crisis there had been continuous growth in global air traffic: the number of air passengers had reached a high of over 4.5 billion in 2019. Carbon emissions from aviation account for more than 2.5 per cent of global emissions and these have grown by 32 per cent over the past five years.
The COVID-19 crisis may have paused much air travel, but it has also brought into focus the scale of international air travel and its associated emissions. As the airline industry looks to recover, technological innovation in aircrafts and fuels, the development of new business models and policies could shift air travel off its emissions trajectory.
At this event a forward-looking panel of technological innovators, designers, business leaders, policy makers and campaigners will converse about the range of cutting-edge ideas that could help shape the future of air travel. Interacting with the panellists, participants will be invited to discuss different ideas and explore how best to reinvent the future of travel.