Transitioning to net-zero aviation is one of the more challenging considerations for experts and policy makers assembling at COP26, but a research collaboration building an interactive model to explore solutions could be the key to a greener future for air travel. The project’s manager Beth Barker explains its significance.

This autumn, the world has come to the UK to discuss its future. The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is seeing a wave of new commitments, pledges and initiatives as governments set out their plans to achieve the goal of net zero climate emissions. Alongside governments, businesses, investors, academics, civil society organisations and more all set out their own aspirations to contribute to this accelerating ‘race to zero’.

Even before the summit started, around 80% of the global economy was covered by some kind of net zero goal. But the priority now will need to be meeting this admirable ambition with rapid action.

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