Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - May 18, 2023
Boeing Launches Cascade to Support Aviation's Net Zero Goal
Boeing released the Boeing Cascade Climate Impact Model for public use to reduce the industry’s emissions in support of aviation’s path to net zero.
Cascade, a data modeling tool that identifies the effects of a range of sustainability solutions to reduce aviation's carbon emissions, is accessible on Boeing's new Sustainable Aerospace Together hub.
Cascade can analyze the entire life cycle of alternate energy sources for aviation from production through distribution and use and quantifies the ability to cut aviation's carbon emissions.
The data modeling from Cascade also measures airplane fleet renewal, operational efficiency, renewable energy sources, future aircraft and market-based measures as pathways to decarbonization.
"We created Cascade to serve as an industry tool that creates a common framework among aviation, energy, finance and policy," said Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond in a statement. "By putting data first and sharing this model with the public, we are enabling collaboration, feedback and alignment across industry, government and others who work together to achieve a more sustainable aerospace future."
Cascade’s key findings state that SAF will be the most significant contributor to reducing carbon emissions because it can be used in today's commercial airplanes flying today – both new and old. While electric- and potentially hydrogen-powered aircraft will emerge in future decades, their contribution to emissions reduction will likely be limited through 2050 due to long timeframes for development and deployment and the magnitude of related infrastructure changes for airports and pipelines. Additionally, upgrading fleets with fuel-efficient airplanes will significantly reduce emissions.
Boeing also introduced the Cascade User Community, a working group that will provide feedback on new features, functionalities and application programming interfaces. The founding members of the Community are IATA, NASA, University of Cambridge's Aviation Impact Accelerator and the MIT Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment.