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Pandemic and the environment: the future of air transport lies in sustainability



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Pandemic and the environment: the future of air transport lies in sustainability


A few days ago we told you about the influence that the pandemic coronavirus has had and is still having on world of work, noting in particular how it found itself in the absolute urgency of adapting to new ways of working remotely, in order to continue production and at the same time protect workers from the risk of getting sick. Amidst more or less great difficulties, companies are progressively “migrating”Towards more flexible ways of working, also in light of the advantages that working from home can guarantee, thus giving us an idea of future direction that the world of work has undertaken.

The transport sector, particularly the air sector, has been directly affected by the coronavirus pandemic

But it is not only the world of work that is feeling the effects of the pandemic. Also the transport sector, and in particular that airplane, have been directly affected by the crisis, making it necessary also in this case to think about the possible direction that this sector will have to take in order to manage in a historical moment made of uncertainties and fears. The investigation Horizon Swiftwhich gathered the views of leaders of the European aerospace and aviation industry, said that around 77% of respondents believe it will be the “environmental credibility”To make a difference in these sectors in the near future.

Making flights more sustainable for the environment by reducing emissions is, according to 72% of the companies interviewed, the main objective that the aeronautical and aerospace sectors must pursue; and this they will have to do through it development of new materials. The executives of the Composite Technology Center, the Schiebel Group and Tecnam were interviewed to understand how this market, of enormous strategic importance, was trying to recover from the impact of the pandemic: without prejudice to the clear and shared need for a profound research new materials, everyone expects government interventionwith incentives such as to create new income streams and bring new products to market in the shortest possible time.

Creating new streams of income and new materials are the guidelines for the future of aviation

The crises attributable to the climate change and al lockdown are changing the aerospace industry, ”commented Bjoern Klaas, vice president and general manager of Protolabs Europe, manufacturer of prototypes and components produced in low volumes. “More and more innovative airplanes and business models will be born. Survival will not be taken for granted and will be based on long-term resilience. Production of the next generation of aircraft will see better aerodynamics, lower weight and more fuel efficiency: they will ultimately be less polluting“.

“Our latest Horizon Shift report clearly highlights this. 77% of companies believe environmental performance will be a key differentiator, an increase of 9 percentage points compared to when we asked the same question in our initial survey, just before the lockdown, ”adds Klaas. “Companies that are having a hard time following the pandemic are focusing on quick access to the market. One way to plan for the future is to create new revenue streams, but to do so you need to be faster. In the long run, our survey highlights how the aerospace and aviation industry will hire talent, implement new technologies, it will employ new materials and expand its skills“, He concludes.