Airbus welcomed to EU’s ALIGHT sustainable aviation programme

posted on 8th November 2023 by William Hallowell
Airbus welcomed to EU's ALIGHT sustainable aviation programme

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has become a new dedicated partner in ALIGHT, the EU’s sustainable airport project.

Airbus has a unique expertise and will have a significant impact on the work in ALIGHT towards sustainable aviation, and a vast experience within the field of smart usage of sustainable aviation fuels to reduce both carbon dioxide and non-carbon dioxide emissions.

In close collaboration with other key partners in ALIGHT, the manufacturer will perform crucial cost benefit analyses on future SAF scenarios and help determine both feasibility and viability of each of the identified scenarios for sustainable aviation.

Sabrina Tekle Krarup Jensen, senior project manager for sustainability at Copenhagen Airport, said: “Being able to attract a partner like Airbus is a testament to the robustness of the ALIGHT partnership.

“Airbus is one of the largest aircraft manufacturers globally and their unique expertise will add incredible value to our efforts in promoting sustainable aviation and airport operation in Europe.”

Since 2020, the European Commission funded partnership has worked to promote sustainable solutions and technologies for the aviation sector.

By adding Airbus to the partnership consortium, ALIGHT says it can co-develop and test potential models in an aircraft context and with a profound expertise on future aircraft and engine technologies.

Julien Manhes, Airbus head of sustainable aviation fuel and fuel efficiency, said: “The distribution of sustainable aviation fuel at airports is a challenge for the entire industry.

“This is why Airbus has joined the ALIGHT project: to contribute to the modelling of an infrastructure for sustainable aviation fuel and renewable energy sources for ground activities in airport operations.

“In addition, we will collectively develop the aviation ecosystem necessary to bring this model to life.”

With this new addition to the consortium, the ALIGHT partnership now consists of 17 dedicated partners in 10 different European countries.

Image credit: Copenhagen Airport