Heathrow plans zero carbon domestic flights
Heathrow airport, the busiest in the UK and one of the busiest in Europe, has proposed plans to research zero emissions flight technologies and blockchain to cut carbon emissions.
The company is progressing two projects – project Fly2Plan, which will explore cloud and blockchain infrastructure to use the airport’s data more efficiently, and project NAPKIN, which will develop a “blueprint for the UK aviation industry’s decarbonisation journey”. NAPKIN stands for New Aviation Propulsion Knowledge and Innovation Network.
Funding for the projects would come through Innovate UK's Future Flight Challenge, which comprises £125m in government grants.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “Heathrow has always served as a testbed for ground-breaking green technologies. These concepts go further than ever before, with the potential to transform the role that aviation plays in Britain's economy.”