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Trinity and Ryanair launch sustainable aviation research centre

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Trinity College Dublin in partnership with Ryanair have announced the launch of a new Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre.
This new initiative has been made possible by a €1.5m donation which Trinity will use to seed a multi-disciplinary research team to engage in research around sustainable aviation fuels, zero carbon aircraft propulsion systems and noise mapping.
This new knowledge will inform the policies of both EU and international governments on making aviation environmentally and economically sustainable, as well as harness future investments by the aviation industry towards sustainability.
The project, which will employ six people, is due to commence in the summer.
Dr Patrick Prendergast, provost of Trinity College Dublin, said: “The critical need for humanity to meet the great challenge of our time – climate change – demands new thinking on every front. Science and technological research have a vital role to play in finding balanced solutions for a better world and E3 is Trinity’s farsighted response to this demand.
“Using emerging technologies, our multi-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers in Trinity’s new Sustainable Aviation Research Centre will tackle important questions such as how to reduce aircraft emissions with sustainable aviation fuels, electric propulsion, and reduced noise and we are delighted to welcome Ryanair, which has committed itself to being Europe’s cleanest and greenest airline, on board as we explore these exciting new horizons.”
Ryanair’s director of sustainability, Thomas Fowler, added: “This €1.5 million donation by Ryanair to help open Ireland’s first Sustainable Aviation Research Centre is a hugely exciting project and an important pillar of our environmental targets, supporting our goal to power 12.5% of flights with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.
“This partnership with Trinity College Dublin seeks to inform and improve future investment by the aviation industry to secure a carbon neutral future for aviation and noise reduction through investment in new technologies.”