Is there a greener way to fly? We know that air travel is bad for the planet, with emissions from the aviation industry contributing substantially to global warming. But it is impossible to imagine a future without flying - at least every now and again. So how can we solve this dilemma? If ongoing work to develop electric planes succeeds, then by 2030 we could all be flying more sustainably. In this episode we take a closer look at the efforts to make electric passenger aircraft a reality, and find out what we can do in the meantime to travel in greener ways.
“The first producer of an aircraft with no greenhouse gas emissions will have the market”
Dag Falk-Petersen, pilot on an electric plane, CEO Avinor
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Tom Hall (UK)
Tom Hall is best known for his work for Lonely Planet as an expert on travel and tourism, and has spent the past few months writing and speaking on how travel and tourism can navigate the post-COVID world. He is a regular commentator for national and international broadcasters giving advice and context on issues affecting tourism, from volcanic eruptions to economic crises.
Dag Falk-Petersen (Norway)
Former fighter pilot Dag Falk-Petersen is the CEO of Avinor, the state-owned company operating Norway's airports. Avinor is actively working to reduce the aviation industry's greenhouse gas emissions and to develop commercial electric aircraft. As the company's CEO, Dag wants to position Avinor as a driving force for environmental work in aviation. He was piloting the company's first electric aircraft when it crashed in 2019.
Susan Liscouët-Hanke (Germany)
Susan Liscouët-Hanke is Associate Professor in Aerospace Design Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. After completing her master’s degree in engineering, she pursued a PhD while working at Airbus in the field of more electrical aircraft design. Her research aims to develop conceptual design methods for more electrical and unconventional aircraft, enabling sustainable aviation.