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Cranfield University is a key academic signatory to a new strategy detailing how military aviation will contribute to the Government’s Net Zero 50 goal.

Cranfield University is at the forefront of sustainable aviation research and net zero developments, and its experts were chosen to be part of a steering group to deliver the Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy. The University will continue to collaborate with industry partners, the MOD and RAF to help deliver on the ambitions of the strategy.

The Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy outlines the steps necessary to meet the commitment to decarbonise Defence’s aviation capability, whilst also mitigating potential risks to operational effectiveness that are likely to arise because of climate change. The strategy was released on 12 July at the Global Air and Space Chief’s Conference, with the foreword being endorsed by Baroness Goldie, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and spokesperson in the House of Lords on Defence Climate Change and Sustainability.

At a special event at the Royal International Air Tattoo on Friday 14 July, Cranfield University signed the strategy charter alongside representatives from industry and government including the Minister for Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge.

Professor Dame Helen Atkinson DBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the School of Aerospace, Transport Systems and Manufacturing, signed the charter on behalf of Cranfield University. She said:

“Net zero aviation can only be achieved by working closely in partnership, and I’m proud that Cranfield University has been asked to contribute to this vital strategy. Across our research areas our experts are collaborating with industry on the very latest developments – which could transform aviation for a sustainable future.”

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