With the help of government incentives and private-sector investment, the aerospace sector can lead the way in decarbonising manufacturing.
FREMONT, CA: The rise in international trade, middle class, and demand for air travel are just a few reasons for the aviation industry's expansion. According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the industry will grow at a rate of 4.3 per cent per year for the next 20 years.
To achieve the aims of the Paris Agreement, the sector is already under pressure to decarbonise its activities. Current plans call for the sector to reduce 50 per cent emissions by 2030 and reach net-zero levels by 2050. However, given the anticipated increase in air travel, this is insufficient to meet the Paris targets. If the sector intends to achieve these objectives, it will need to decarbonise further.
Aerospace manufacturing decarbonisation has an impact across the entire industry. Other parts of the aviation sector, like airlines and airports, will face pressure to cut their emissions in order to remain competitive. Additionally, if manufacturers can create aircraft with reduced carbon emissions, this will pave the way for the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft, which will ultimately aid in further reducing emissions.
There are numerous strategies for decarbonising the aerospace industry. Aerospace firms can increase energy efficiency by modernising their facilities and machinery, creating more effective manufacturing methods, and using energy better. Investing in renewable energy involves setting up solar panels, wind turbines, or biomass-based power plants. Using low-carbon materials, such as composites and recycled materials, will make things lighter. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipment, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and direct air capture are two examples of CCS technology (DAC). With the use of CCS technology, carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere can be trapped and stored underground, lessening their negative effects on the environment.
In order to increase the effectiveness of their operations, aerospace manufacturers can also cut emissions by putting the finest maintenance practices into practice. The manufacturers can achieve this by modernising their equipment, streamlining their processes, and utilising energy-efficient lighting.
The industry will need to adopt even more cutting-edge procedures and technology in the upcoming years to achieve the Paris agreement's targets. The aerospace industry can set the pace for manufacturing's transition to a low-carbon economy with the aid of government incentives and private sector investment. Decarbonisation is now a requirement, not a choice.