2023 – the year of carbon capture

By Dirk Singer / January 22, 2023

Our new Sustainable Aviation 2023 Trends report looks at how and why the battle for climate action is expected to grow more heated this year and what visionary executives can do to stay ahead. Download the full report here.

2022 saw the first airlines get involved in the carbon capture space.

For example, Air Canada, United and easyJet now see it as part of their net-zero strategies.

With carbon capture being discussed much more in the media and with the US Inflation Reduction Act making it more mainstream, we’ll see more examples of this in 2023.

In 2023, we expect a collaboration between aviation brands and CO2 capture providers to take a number of different forms.

Some airlines will team up with direct air capture (DAC) companies like Carbon Engineering and 1PointFive as an alternative or supplement to carbon offsetting. Both organisations are working with a consortium of aviation companies, which has involved the purchase of 400,000 tonnes of carbon removal credits.

Then 2022 saw companies like Air Company and Twelve ink deals with airlines to eventually produce SAF made from captured CO2. Among others, Air Company is working with JetBlue and Twelve with Alaska Airlines. Expect further agreements like this to be signed over the coming months.

Finally, we predict that aviation companies will start to integrate carbon capture into their physical infrastructure.

One example of that is the runway being built by Indianapolis Airport. With the concrete provided by Canadian carbon capture company Carbon Cure, the runway will take out the equivalent CO2 of planting 1.2 million trees.

In addition to CO2-absorbing concrete, 2023 could be the year when an airport retrofits its cooling towers to become carbon-capturing units. Both Noya in the US and NeoCarbon in Germany have developed technology to make that possible.

Want to know more? Take a look at our carbon capture power list.

Download the full report to read about other 2023 sustainable aviation trends.

Report: 11 Sustainable Aviation Trends For 2023

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