A new low carbon aerospace project in the UK will receive £12 million in funding from the government and the industry, according to Industry Minister Nusrat Ghani. The project, which will be carried out at Airbus Filton in the South West, aims to develop new aircraft wing technology to reduce CO2 emissions from flights. Longer wings will make it easier for aircraft to create lift without using as much fuel, thereby reducing carbon emissions. The funding will be delivered through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) Programme and will support local jobs and upskill current staff at the facility. Around 2,700 staff work in high-skilled roles at Airbus Filton, which is the company’s lead UK site for civil aircraft R&D. The new low carbon aerospace project will enable the site to develop future technologies in aircraft wing design, fuel systems, and landing gear.
The funding is part of a joint commitment with industry and will invest in new aircraft and manufacturing technologies in order to secure at least £20 billion of further private investment in the UK aerospace sector and support over 100,000 jobs across the country. Minister Ghani also opened a new Wing Technology Development Centre at Filton, which will house the next generation of aircraft wing technologies and production capabilities. In a keynote address at an event hosted by key suppliers to the UK aerospace industry and manufacturers of aircraft components, Minister Ghani announced the government’s commitment to backing more innovation and investment for projects like the low carbon aerospace project. This event marked the first time that the UK’s leading manufacturers in the aerospace sector have come together to give a joint message on their plans for the future and ambitions to attract more investment into the UK.
Overall, the low carbon aerospace project aims to reduce CO2 emissions from flights by developing new aircraft wing technology, upskilling local employees and apprentices, and supporting the growth of the UK aerospace sector. The government and industry funding will not only benefit the environment but also boost the economy by attracting private investment and creating high-wage, high-skill jobs across the country.