Net zero emissions air systems - market consultation

DASA would like to understand technology readiness levels in Net Zero emissions air systems.

The challenge

The Royal Air Force (RAF) have set a target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040. They want to ensure that the next generation aircraft will produce zero carbon emissions at the point of use. This target must be achieved through more environmentally sympathetic aircraft using a sustainable fuel source such as electric or hydrogen; the goal is to achieve the first military registered and certified zero-carbon aircraft in the world.

Defence is aware of multiple initiatives relating to the development of novel fuelled platforms and shares a common aspiration with the wider general aviation market. That said, several of the requirements for Defence platforms are quite specific and potentially unique to Defence, meaning there may potentially be gaps in provision from the civil aviation sector, which dominates the market.

With an increasing number of certified platforms due to appear in the marketplace, the RAF is now working to develop a global understanding of technology readiness levels in this field. Ahead of any future procurement, it is essential that a trajectory for this technology is investigated and understood, feeding operator and engineering expertise and ensuring the RAF remains at the forefront as an intelligent customer.

As part of this Market Consultation, you will be asked for a title and short summary of your innovation, along with questions related to your organisation, your idea and technology maturity.

DASA are seeking to understand what and how much further development is required for a complete solution. The information you provide will assist in developing a statement of requirements for potential future activities.

Information you provide, that is not already available from other sources, will be handled in confidence.


Submissions must be made by midday, 17 August 2021.

How to get involved

Get more details about this challenge by visiting the UK Government website