Destination Zero sets out the UK’s sector-wide Aerospace Technology Strategy and provides guidance on the challenges facing the aerospace industry if we are to meet our 2050 target; likely market technology evolution and adoption rates; and the ATI Programme investment priorities across our areas of focus. It sets our path towards achieving Net Zero carbon emissions for commercial aircraft by 2050 and supporting the competitiveness of the UK industry in sustainable design, manufacture, assembly and operations of future aircraft.
Zero-carbon emission technologies are focused on propulsion and infrastructure development to enable zero-carbon tailpipe emissions. This encompasses battery, hydrogen, and fuel cell technologies, much of which are in early stages of development.
Ultra-efficient technologies are focused on improving energy efficiency and hence impact CO2 emissions, NOx and noise. Continued development of crucial high value, sustainable, high productivity manufacturing technologies will position the UK to be a first-choice location for the industry.
To enable both the zero-carbon and ultra-efficient opportunities, the UK must develop cross-cutting enabling technologies and capabilities for whole aircraft design and analysis. These capabilities should extend to the aircraft lifecycle from design, through manufacture & assembly, operation, and end of life.