The Innovators’ Global Challenge Final


Earlier this year the Air League, supported by International Airlines Group, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey & Company, and Sustainable Aviation launched the Innovators’ Global Challenge, a competition that called for entries from those aged 16+ to support our industries in delivering sustainability ambitions and realising net zero emissions by 2050.

At the Farnborough International Airshow, six finalist teams presented their idea to our panel of judges, which included Bridget Donaldson, Sustainability Lead at the Air League, Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability at IAG, Air-Vice Marshal Paul Lloyd CBE, Chief Engineer at the Royal Air Force, Andy Jefferson PhD, BSc (Hons), Programme Director at Sustainable Aviation, Emma Loxton, Partner at McKinsey responsible for Travel, Aviation and Defence based clients, Ruhana Begum from the Department for Transport and Matt Finch, UK Policy Manager at Transport & Environment.

After a competitive selection process, the winning team were announced and had the opportunity to present their concept at the Aerospace Global Forum. The session was hosted by Gabby Logan with support from IAG, British Airways, the Air League, and Sustainable Aviation.

Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to our winning team ‘To Flush, To Fly’ on their concept to source sustainable aviation fuels from onboard sewage waste!

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