Aviation: Toward a Zero Emission Future

Flying is one of mankind's greatest achievements. Never before have more people been able to live the dream of flying. However, this leads to an increase of emissions. The aerospace industry has been researching and developing new technologies for many years to make air traffic more sustainable, safer and quieter. At the ILA Berlin, you will encounter the future of aviation already today.

  • Experience the latest aerospace models firsthand: safer, more sustainable and quieter than ever before.
  • Discuss the latest research findings with scientists and engineers.
  • International country pavilions provide you with a global overview.
  • The ILA delegation program brings you together with political decision-makers.

ILA 2020 – A forum for sustainable flight

The aviation industry strives to cut net CO2 emissions in half by 2050 (starting from base emission levels in 2005).

These ambitious goals will only be feasible through constructive dialogue between aircraft manufacturers and airlines, large companies and start-ups, policymakers and aviation authorities, and climate and noise pollution researchers. ILA Berlin is the place to be for all of these groups.

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The aviation industry has guaranteed: climate-neutral growth from 2020 and halving of net CO2 emissions by 2050 – while significantly increasing transport services. The international community has reached an agreement within the UN aviation organization ICAO. Our long-term objective: climate-neutral flight.

This can only be achieved if aircraft manufacturers and airlines, companies and startups, policymakers and aviation authorities, as well as climate and noise researchers work together. For all of them, ILA Berlin is the place to be.


With every new aircraft generation, CO2 and noise emissions are sinking and the demands on cost-effectiveness and flight safety continue to increase. But the development of new aircraft concepts is still time-consuming and cost intensive. Still – because digitalization acts like a turbocharger for new developments in the aviation industry. Virtual development processes allow the aircraft of tomorrow to fly in virtual reality first. Concepts can be improved at an early stage regarding efficiency, safety and emissions. Industry 4.0 also makes production more agile and resourceful. Big data concepts, which gauge the information from thousands of sensors in the aircraft, completely redesign aircraft maintenance – and thus make flying even more efficient, safer and reduce emissions further. ILA Berlin presents state-of-the-art solutions and visions for the future.


The lighter an aircraft, the better! Additive manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, are key to this. Technology today offers weight reductions of 30 to 55 percent. In an Airbus A350 XWB, weight can be reduced by up to one ton. And per kilogram of weight reduction, several tons of kerosene and thus CO2 are saved in the course of an aircraft's life. In the medium and long term, 3D printing – in combination with bionic design – enables completely new, more aerodynamic and more efficient production possibilities. The 3D thought leaders will meet at the ILA.


Unmanned aircraft systems can kickstart the next revolution in mobility. Aerospace industry, research institutes and startups worldwide are developing and testing new concepts for the environmentally friendly contribution to the mobility of the future. This includes more than purely technical questions: Which new business models can result from the technology? How does regulation have to look like in order to ensure maximum safety in the future as well? Which framework conditions will achieve social acceptance? The ILA Berlin shows what is already possible today and discusses open questions with experts.



Green electric mobility is now picking up speed in the sky as well. Large aircraft and engine construction companies are combining their know-how to launch a hybrid-electric regional jet as early as 2021. In the same year, an innovation alliance consisting of almost 20 mostly medium-sized companies and research institutes plans to launch a hybrid-electric aircraft. 


Novel fuels significantly contribute to sustainability. This is why alternative kerosene is a key priority of the climate policy agenda – in fact worldwide. In Germany, the federal government, the federal states and the aerospace industry are drawing up a roadmap to promote CO2-neutral power-to-liquid (PtL) fuels. In addition, research and industry are pursuing further approaches for sustainable biofuels extraction, for example from algae. The competition for the best technology and ideal CO2 balance will also be held at the ILA.


Flying has to become quieter, and innovative engine technologies significantly contribute to this. The latest engines reduce the noise carpet during takeoff by around 70 percent – aircraft equipped with the latest technology can be experienced firsthand at the ILA. 

Reduced CO2 emissions, quieter aircraft: Aviation goes green

75 percent less CO2, 90% less nitrogen oxide and 65% less noise by 2050: The goals of the European aviation forum ACARE can be achieved through new technologies and fuels. More information is available at www.acare4europe.org

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