Stansted Airport launches sustainable flight course for young people

Interior of Stansted Airport education centre.
Photo Credit: Stansted Airport

In a new initiative to promote a sustainable future of flying, London Stansted Airport is launching the ‘Jet Zero Education’ programme, offering thousands of young students from Essex, Hertfordshire, and London the opportunity to learn about the role of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in decarbonizing the aviation industry.

With a focus on reducing aircraft emissions and achieving a net-zero target by 2050, the curriculum will use interactive technology to engage and inspire the next generation of aviation professionals.

Introduction to Jet Zero Education

Starting in the upcoming academic year, London Stansted Airport will host the ‘Jet Zero Education’ lessons at its Aerozone, designed to educate and inspire students aged four to 18 about the world of aviation and the possibilities it presents.

As the aviation industry looks towards a greener future, it becomes increasingly crucial to prepare the next generation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Photo Credit: Stansted Airport

The role of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)

A core focus of the Jet Zero Education programme revolves around Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Students will gain insight into how these advanced fuels are produced and understand the significant benefits they bring to the aviation sector.


 SAF plays a pivotal role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, helping the industry move closer to its ambitious goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

MAG’s commitment to Jet Zero

London Stansted Airport’s parent company, Manchester Airports Group (MAG), has been actively supporting the aviation industry’s decarbonization targets. As part of the Jet Zero Strategy initiated by the government, MAG has made several pledges to drive the industry’s transition to a sustainable future.

Jet Zero Technology competition

MAG’s Jet Zero Technology competition offers five years of free landing fees to the first zero-emission aircraft that operates transatlantic flights. By incentivizing the development and adoption of eco-friendly aircraft, MAG aims to accelerate the shift towards greener aviation solutions.

Jet Zero research

London Stansted Airport has achieved a significant milestone in the government’s airspace modernization scheme, becoming the first large UK airport to pass the ‘Stage 2’ gateway.

By optimizing airspace usage and implementing modern technologies, the airport is contributing to reduced emissions and improved operational efficiency.

As part of its commitment to advancing aviation decarbonization, MAG is funding three PhD projects focused on researching sustainable aviation technologies. By supporting innovative research, the company aims to foster groundbreaking ideas that will contribute to a greener aviation sector.

MAG’s Jet Zero SAF initiative provides a financial incentive to encourage airlines to surpass the UK’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel mandate.

By promoting the adoption of SAF, the program aims to drive down carbon emissions and promote cleaner air travel.

MAG’s Vision for Net-Zero

As a founding member of the Jet Zero Council, MAG has played a prominent role in advocating for net-zero carbon emissions in the aviation sector. The company understands its responsibility as an airport operator and is actively working to incentivize and facilitate low and zero-emission technologies.

MAG’s CSR Strategy, titled ‘Working together for a brighter future,’ outlines the Group’s commitment to achieving net-zero operations by 2038, aligning with the government’s target set in the Jet Zero Strategy.

By embracing sustainable practices and investing in innovative technologies, MAG aims to be at the forefront of the industry’s green transformation.

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