Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024: Aviation Leaders Chart Path to Net Zero 

Industry leaders tackle sustainable aviation and Net Zero emissions at SSWS24

Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024 wraps up.
Photo/ SSWS24

The Sustainable Skies World Summit 2024 (SSWS24), concluded on May 16 at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in the UK.

The summit brought together key industry stakeholders, including airlines, manufacturers, and policymakers, to address immediate and long-term challenges in achieving Net Zero emissions.

Collaboration and Innovation 

Industry leaders emphasised collaboration and innovation as crucial for reaching Net Zero by 2050. 


Sean Doyle, Chairman and CEO at British Airways, highlighted the importance of scaling up Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) alongside other solutions.

“Collaboration is key,” Doyle stated, “and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a critical solution for decarbonising aviation and we must scale up now.”

Shai Weiss, CEO at Virgin Atlantic, echoed the need for collaboration while emphasising near-term solutions like fleet modernisation and widespread adoption of SAF. He also pointed out the importance of long-term technological innovations like hydrogen and electrification.

Virgin Atlantic Flight100

“We agreed that radical collaboration is required for our industry to reach Net Zero by 2050,” stated Weiss. “Virgin Atlantic published the much-anticipated finding from Flight100 as an open resource to show the industry that SAF is a safe, 100% drop-in replacement for fossil fuels.”

Looking Ahead

The summit emphasised that achieving Net Zero requires a multi-pronged approach. SSWS24 served as a crucial platform for industry leaders to discuss and chart a path towards a more sustainable future for aviation.