The Sky-High Route to Low-Carbon Aviation

Optimize low-carbon aircraft innovations and decarbonize your value chain from end to end with the Virtual Twin Experience on a single integrated platform.

Air travel has allowed us to cover great distances in record time. From the smallest and lightest to the biggest and most commercial, aircraft designs have undergone radical technological transformation. However, air travel also contributes 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions(1). Therefore, it is high time to reinvent the way we fly.

Decarbonization takes top priority in the aviation industry’s efforts to combat climate change. Over the years, companies have ramped up efforts to reduce GHG emissions and decarbonize, while staying profitable amidst significant time and technological development challenges. The global air transport industry is committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Thanks to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, low-carbon flights can become a reality. Aviation companies can create live virtual replicas of hydrogen fuel, sustainable aviation fuel (SAFs) and electric aircraft technologies for propulsive and non-propulsive energy systems. They can plan and test them at any point in the supply chain – all before real-life application. In doing so, they effectively deliver better fuels, better planes and a more robust value network.


An Integrated Path Towards Low-Carbon Aviation

Find out how a fully integrated platform offering the Virtual Twin Experience and other advanced solutions is the answer to low-carbon aircraft innovations and air transport decarbonization.

Harness the Power of A Virtual Ecosystem

With a proper ecosystem, companies can achieve climate change targets on time. By leveraging the Virtual Twin Experience on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, they can effectively and sustainably optimize and deliver low-carbon operations, infrastructure and innovations, as shown below.


  • True-zero carbon solution with no CO₂ and non-CO₂ emissions
  • A renewable energy type that can be used as a battery energy source
  • Enables distributed propulsion
  • Has low complexity
  • Net-zero carbon solution that reduces up to 80% of CO₂ emissions compared to conventional fuels
  • Scalable from commuters to long-range aircraft
  • Most sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) are already in production
  • Compatible with current airport logistics
  • Almost compatible with current aircraft engines
  • High-energy density: At equal mass, hydrogen contains 3 times more energy than jet fuel and 2.5 times more than methane
  • Hydrogen fuel cells: A true-zero carbon solution with no CO₂ and non-CO₂ emissions
  • Hydrogen combustion: Scalable from commuters to long-range aircraft






  • Only for small planes (eVTOL)
  • Can fly up to a range of 1,000 km
  • Scalability is limited by the weight of battery
  • Operating costs due to frequent replacements
  • All other non-CO₂ emissions are still present
  • Current adoption by airlines is limited, with less than 1% incentives for usage
  • High OPEX costs
  • Large tanks and complex fuel systems (e.g. temperature, pressure, safety)
  • Adaptable to all airport fuel supply systems
  • Affordable green-hydrogen solutions (short-term issue)
  • Hydrogen fuel cells: Scalable up to medium-range aircraft due to power-to-weight ratio
  • Hydrogen combustion: Still produces NOx and contrails; presumed development of new generation turbines (short-term issue)


  • Make use of end-to-end visibility on a single platform to source and manage raw materials 
  • Optimize material combinations at the molecular level 
  • Simulate 3D data models to test and validate fuel-plane compatibility and lifecycle at all scales throughout the aviation supply chain
  • Leverage a single source of truth to streamline ongoing research and development (R&D) collaboration on hydrogen fuel
  • Utilize virtual twin-based scenario planning to safely plan and execute hydrogen fuel transportation, and optimize storage capabilities at airports and filling systems

Decarbonizing aviation is now on the agenda of every executive in the aerospace industry. While there are many possible technological levers today such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), hydrogen fuel and electrical aviation, the winners of this race will be parties that can build the right ecosystem around the use of these levers.

David Ziegler > Dassault Systèmes
David Ziegler
Vice President, Aerospace & Defense Industry, Dassault Systèmes

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