Heathrow publishes plans to build back better after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Heathrow publishes plans to build back better after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Heathrow has published how it plans to build back better following coronavirus (COVID-19), by launching two projects that will cut carbon emissions. The ideas have been successfully pitched to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge, enabling the airport to commence research into ideas designed to cut costs, reduce emissions and increase efficiency. The first stage of these projects, research, has already begun and is expected to last until early 2022.

The two projects are summarised as:

• ‘Fly2Plan – Aims to learn how new technologies such as cloud infrastructure and blockchain could use the airport’s data more efficiently, creating a decentralised, resilient and efficient operating model to support cross-company collaboration. The concept has the potential to unlock opportunities for new entrants, cut costs and safely allow autonomous drone operators to maximise their use of UK airspace.

• ‘Project NAPKIN – Which stands for New Aviation Propulsion Knowledge and Innovation Network, sets out to develop a blueprint that could be used to help make zero carbon aviation a reality across the UK. This idea could boost domestic connectivity and position the UK as a world leader in sustainable aviation.’

Heathrow will be working with numerous groups across several sectors to bring the concepts to fruition, including Rolls Royce, Oxford University, London City Airport and Deloitte.

The CEO of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, said: ‘These concepts go further than ever before, with the potential to transform the role that aviation plays in Britain’s economy. The Future Flight Challenge has come at a critical time for the country and our industry. We’re proud to be driving forward with these disruptive initiatives in the year that the UK hosts COP26 and our industry builds back better, as we work to recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic.’

Source: Heathrow aims to build back better

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