Propelling the UK to Jet Zero

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Propelling the
UK to Jet Zero
Technologies for lighter aeroplanes with new propulsion systems and sustainable aviation fuels.

This is the future. And it will be Sheffield made.

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Propelling the UK to Jet Zero

Sustainable aviation is vital to reducing the UK's carbon emissions. Without it, we cannot achieve net zero.

The University of Sheffield is bringing together its world-leading research and innovation with industry powerhouses to help revolutionise air travel and decarbonise transatlantic flight.


The UK has a remarkable track record in commercial aviation, being the home to the jet engine and the first commercial jet airliner. However, with the government’s target to achieve net zero by 2050, and aviation projected to be the highest emitting transport sector by 2050, the commercial aviation industry needs transformative change to decarbonise.

The University of Sheffield is helping to revolutionise air travel by bringing together its world-leading research and innovation with industry giants. Our sustained investment into innovation and our internationally recognised facilities means we’re uniquely positioned to help solve one of the biggest transport and environmental challenges in a century.

Achieving Jet Zero means transforming all aspects of aerospace manufacture and supply chain. Our world-leading facility the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), a High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre, is helping to do just that, by developing new concepts with industry, scale up production and deploy globally competitive new methods of manufacture.

The University of Sheffield’s Energy Institute is building a new centre for sustainable aviation fuels. The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will provide flagship national and international state-of-the-art facilities to test, certify and deploy new zero carbon and sustainable aviation fuels, and will heavily invest in supporting SMEs in the local Sheffield region. Making sustainable aviation fuels a viable commercial option for the aviation sector could reduce UK emissions in 2050 by 32 per cent.

Decarbonising the aviation industry presents a unique opportunity: the countries that can develop the technologies to underpin net zero and translate them into viable products, will thrive, creating high value jobs, inward investment, training and opportunities for generations to come.

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