An exciting Green Technology Hub (GTH) will be at the heart of the new Vulcan Experience, giving young people an insight into how scientists and engineers are tackling the climate change challenge, and will inspire young people to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology, and maths (STEM) roles.
Aircraft are reliant on hydrocarbon fuel because of its energy density, whereas other users of hydrocarbon fuel can more easily migrate to less environmentally-damaging sources of energy. The historic growth of air travel, both passenger and freight, has highlighted the fact that whilst air transport currently only contributes a small percentage to the world production of greenhouse gases, that proportion will grow very much larger in years to come.
UK greenhouse gas emissions come from road transport
UK greenhouse gas emissions come from air transport
Combined, that’s well over 85 million tonnes of CO2. Assuming a balloon can hold around 30g of CO₂, that’s the equivalent of 280,000,000,000,000 full balloons.
Enough to fill up almost 1 billion Olympic sized swimming pools!
Office for National Statistics
The Trust knows that the younger generation are demanding action on climate change and want to see action now. Young people are extremely switched on to the issues and are highly aware of the world they may inherit. Our Green Technology Hub alongside the mighty Vulcan will aim to inspire and ignite an interest in how these issues can be addressed.
The GTH will be an opportunity for young people to see what can be done to protect the environment for the future. A key focus will be on the evolution of greener aircraft design and the materials that make them, looking at future technical solutions to the climate change issues generated by aviation.
The messages that will be presented in the Green Technology Hub are in the main applicable across all uses of hydrocarbon fuels, however airlines and the aerospace industry in particular will need to make very significant changes in technologies, specifically those involved in flying. The Trust plans to work with airlines and the aerospace industry to show visitors how they are acting on concerns about climate change.
The Green Technology Hub will inform and educate the public, in an easily-understandable yet exciting and interactive way, about the causes of climate change, especially those arising from aviation, and what engineers are doing to devise new solutions to reduce and eliminate these causes.
Energy comes from a variety of sources of differing characteristics.
Scientists, engineers and technicians can help to solve climate change problems.
Aviation has a future, but it may well look different from today.
Youngsters will be encouraged to contribute to solving the climate challenge by following careers in aviation, engineering, and technology. They will leave knowing that the route to these careers is through choosing the right science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects at GCSE.
The Trust’s aim is that the GTH will be a catalyst to inspire and educate, and that visitors will leave with an understanding that scientists, engineers, and technicians can and will solve climate change problems.
For more information, and details on how you can help to support the Green Technology Hub, please get in touch