Special Issue "Sustainable Aviation: Opportunities and Limits to Flying into the Future"


A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Associate Professor Paul Peeters
NHTV Breda University for Applied Sciences, Mgr. Hopmansstraat 1, 4817 JT Breda, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.cstt.nl/Staff/Paul-Peeters/8
Phone: +31-318-692390
Fax: +31 765332203
Interests: environmental impacts tourism transport; mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions; scenario studies; system dynamics
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Paul Upham
Centre for Integrated Energy Research and Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
Website: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/p.upham
Fax: +44 113 343 2549
Interests: governance and public opinion of lower carbon energy technology and policy

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Despite considerable efforts, aviation is not developing in a sustainable way with respect to environmental issues such as climate change, noise, air quality and resource depletion; nor socially with respect to equity of mobility, distribution of benefits and hazards and socially disadvantageous hypermobility. For sustainable development of aviation, many strategies are suggested. The aviation sector aims to find technical solutions, including low carbon fuels, but others argue that the potential for technology is limited and a discussion about transport volumes is inevitable.

It is important to envisage aviation as part of the global transport system and to seek solutions for its sustainable development within this broader context. We invite contributions from a variety of perspectives, addressing issues such as: the potential of technology and low impact fuels; barriers to change; the role of key stakeholders such as aircraft manufacturers, the tourism sector, governments and NGOs; the socio-economic consequences of sustainable development and continued unsustainable development; aviation’s role in social and environmental pressures; impact on climate change, poverty, wellbeing; opportunities for modal shift and integrated air-rail transport, policies; and measures and triggers that may initiate the changes required.

Associate Prof. Paul Peeters
Dr. Paul Upham
Guest Editors


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The following list of keywords is non-exhaustive:
  • sustainable aviation
  • technological fixes
  • low carbon fuels
  • modal shift
  • socio-economic impacts
  • policies
  • attitudes, behaviour & practices
  • transport demand
  • socio-technical transitions

Published Papers

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Last update: 4 April 2013

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