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UCL-Energy seminar: 'Mitigating the Climate Impact of Aviation – Is Technology Enough?'

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Held at UCL on 23 September 2014 Since 1960 demand for air travel has grown by more than 7% per year worldwide, and it is forecast to continue to grow strongly, at around 5% per year over the coming decades. As a result, aviation’s climate footprint is growing, despite significant technological developments over the past decades. What can be done about this? Many new fuel saving aircraft technologies are on the horizon, including laminar flow technology, open rotors, blended wing body aircraft, biofuels etc. But will these technologies we adopted by airlines in sufficient numbers without policy intervention? Will this be enough to produce carbon neutral growth, or better? And does carbon neutral growth mean climate neutral growth? Answering these questions requires a systems level analysis, accounting for complex economic effects. This lecture will examine these questions based on analysis from the Aviation Integrated Modelling project. About the speaker Antony D Evans PhD Dr Evans is a lecturer in Energy and Air Transport at the UCL Energy Institute, and has over 15 years of experience in the analysis of air transport systems. He has two Masters degrees from MIT and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He did postdoctoral research at both MIT and Cambridge before being awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the NASA Ames Research Center Aviation Systems Division in California. He has also worked as a contractor for NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He has published widely on air transport systems analysis, including aviation and the environmental, airline operations, airport capacity, and air traffic management. http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/energy/events/mitigating-climate-impact