Building a Sustainable Aviation Brain Trust: Key Insights From the 2022 NREL Partner Forum

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Cross-sector collaboration is key for guiding the large, complex aviation industry over the emissions peak and quickly down the slope to net-zero - that theme was repeated regularly during the two-day 2022 NREL Partner Forum. With an expanding global economy, more people than ever want the convenience of air travel. That has made aviation the fastest-growing transportation sector, as well as a rising source of carbon emissions. How can the industry serve its customers while charting a course to net-zero in line with climate goals? Interest and momentum from public and private sectors are mounting to answer that question, a backdrop for the Partner Forum. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) brought 200 attendees to the whiteboard to find common goals, align interests, understand technologies, and discuss steps for safely and seamlessly decarbonizing aviation. This document captures the tenor of the conversations and provides a summary of the 1.5 day event for those who were not able to attend or who have interest in this area.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A60-84111


  • aircraft
  • airport
  • aviation
  • collaboration
  • decabonization
  • e-fuels
  • electricity
  • electrification
  • hydrogen
  • Partner Forum
  • sustainable aviation
  • sustainable aviation fuel


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