Aviation Climate Action Plan

On November 9, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published the United States Aviation Climate Action Plan, which describes a whole-of-government approach to put the sector on a path toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan builds on individual and sector-wide commitments announced by the U.S. aviation industry, and highlights specific actions and policy measures to foster innovation and drive change across the entire U.S. aviation sector.

The actions identified in the Plan will decrease emissions through:

  • Development of new, more efficient aircraft and engine technologies
  • Improvements in aircraft operations throughout the National Airspace System
  • Production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)
  • Electrification and, potentially hydrogen, as solutions for short-haul aviation
  • Advancements in airport operations across the United States
  • International initiatives such as the airplane CO2 standard and the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)
  • Support for research into climate science
Last updated: Friday, June 16, 2023