The aviation sector, like others, is on a mission to tackle climate change, and aviation decarbonisation is a priority. The sector is constantly evolving, and it’s essential for those involved in aviation and aerospace to research, gather insight, and develop technology and solutions that helps decarbonisation. In the UK, the aviation industry is expected to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 under the Climate Change Act 2008. A number of opportunities are being investigated and tested to help meet these targets, including better fuel economy, use of low carbon technology such as hybrid-electric aircraft and use of alternative fuels. Keeping up to date with the most recent research concerning development in aviation and aerospace is vital. Decarbonisation is a key driver of technology evolution in the industry. If the industry fails to develop, it will undermine efforts to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

What are some of the critical priorities for the aviation industry?


The transport sector, including aviation, is responsible for substantial GHG emissions. A key challenge for the industry is to investigate methods to reduce those emissions. Aviation faces considerable technical barriers to making a transition to hydrogen or electricity-powered airframes. If the industry is to meet its long-term climate goals and reduce emissions by 50% by 2050, sustainable aviation fuels are likely to play a key role. Before the impact of COVID-19 drastically reduced air travel, aviation was responsible for 2 to 3% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions, according to the Netherlands Aerospace Centre Destination 2050 research. To avoid these numbers rising in the future, the industry has to prioritise key areas, including creating more efficient propulsion systems, using sustainable aviation fuels like biofuels, and investigating other strategies like adjusting air traffic control.

Where does RiCK™ gather Aviation and Aerospace Industry Research and Insight?

RiCK™ contains comprehensive information and updates on several aviation industry-related subjects with extracts of the latest relevant reports. The type of reports our RiCK™ Information Experts locate includes information on aircraft propulsion technology, alternative fuels for aviation, batteries, fuel cell technology and more.

Around 500-700 reports are curated and added as an extract across multiple sectors each month. For those who want to locate aviation research, Ricardo Information Experts can assist with specific searches to discover the information you need to navigate aviation challenges and development. Ricardo Information Experts liaise with Ricardo Engineers to discover the questions our clients need to answer. Knowledge and research are gathered from leading journal and magazine subscriptions, technical papers and reports. The information is collated from a range of sources, including industry bodies and associations like the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), of which Ricardo is a member. Ricardo is also part of a seven-strong UK consortium from industry and academia developing a next-generation, integrated propulsion module with zero tailpipe emissions to enhance aircraft performance while reducing operating costs, co-funded by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK.

Who would benefit from access to RiCK™ Aviation and Aerospace Industry Research and Insight?

A subscription to RiCK™ is helpful for all of those who would like to gain access to technical research helping the aviation industry navigate the climate change challenge. Access provides valuable insight for all working or servicing the aviation industry, technology developers, and owners and operators, manufacturers, engine manufacturers and suppliers, fuel producers and lubricant suppliers. 

What type of aviation research and insight does RiCK™ include?

Through the subscription model of RiCK™, you will have access to the same technical information as Ricardo’s experts. Access enables those working in or for the aviation industry to cut through the clutter found in a search engine and locate trusted sources immediately. The approach is proven to save time when gathering relevant research and information. The types of reports covered include the following:

  • Engine Propulsion research - content relating to fuel cells, diesel and gas in aerospace
  • Aircraft engine research, technology development and addressing challenges in the aviation sector
  • Access to decarbonisation information, including reports related to energy storage, fuel economy and electric powertrains
  • Reports and information related to innovation, alternative fuels and biofuels, including hydrogen
  • Research on aviation emissions, emissions legislation and how targets might be achieved
  • References relating to the decarbonisation of the aviation industry
  • Electric powertrain research

What type of aviation reports might you find referenced in RiCK™?

Here is a small sample of some of the reports relevant to aviation and aerospace that you can find referenced or abstracted in RiCK™.

  • Hydrogen-powered aviation: A fact-based study of hydrogen technology, economics, and climate impact by 2050 - From Clean Sky: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking - May 2020
  • Destination 2050 - A route to net zero European aviation - From the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR); SEO Amsterdam Economics - February 2021
  • Performance analysis of hybrid electric and distributed propulsion system applied on a light aircraft - From Budapest University of Technology and Economics - January 2021
  • Assessing the sustainability implications of alternative aviation fuels - From the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) - March 2021.
  • An assessment of the policy options for driving sustainable aviation fuels in the European Union - From the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) - April 2021
  • Taking the slow route to decarbonisation? Developing climate governance for international transport  - From the University of East Anglia - March 2021
  • State-of-Charge Monitoring and Battery Diagnosis of Different Lithium Ion Chemistries Using Impedance Spectroscopy - From the OTH – Technical University of Applied Sciences; Diehl Aerospace - March 2021

RiCK™ Decarbonisation Technical Update

The RiCK™ Decarbonisation Technical Update is researched and curated by Ricardo's Information experts. The overview helps engineers review all of the latest literature, discover new information and reference research to feed into their development strategies. It is an excellent resource for technical teams committed to driving forward decarbonisation in the energy, construction, environment and transport sectors. A list of industry related forthcoming conferences and other events several years in advance is included.

RiCK™ Hydrogen Technical Update

The RiCK™ Hydrogen Technical Update is researched and curated by Ricardo's Information experts. It is an excellent resource for engineers searching for hydrogen content across all sectors, including aviation and aerospace. This monthly update helps teams to stay up to date with the latest developments. The listing comprises the latest technical papers and articles relating to aviation. The overview helps technical teams discover new information and reference research to feed into their development strategies. The update also includes a collection of forthcoming events relating to decarbonisation.