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  • Introduction: Centre of Excellence

    Heathrow’s Centre of Excellence is a hub of learning and exploration in sustainable air travel.​

    By Heathrow

    Introducing the Heathrow Centre of Excellence.

    It originated in Heathrow 2.0 – our plan for sustainable growth – which recognises that innovation and collaboration are key ingredients in transformational change. Therefore the Centre will bring together the people, organisations and ideas to help unlock the new era of sustainable flight.​


    It will bring together the research, ideas and inspiration that will help to define this exciting new phase in the history of aviation – the era in which sustainable innovation transforms the industry. The Centre is asking new questions for discussion, research and development.

    How the centre works

    The Centre of Excellence works by:​

    • Connecting experts, from entrepreneurs to academics, to think radically about sustainable aviation. Our expert advisory group is chaired by well-regarded climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh. ​
    • Exploring their ingenuity, by offering Heathrow as a living laboratory, testing and piloting ideas. We’ve opened the door to all possibilities – from our Innovation Prize for our colleagues, to joining research bids with leading universities.​
    • Activating change by moving from idea, to pilot, to prototyping to new technologies and solutions quickly and nimbly. ​​
    In this section

    In the Centre of Excellence section you’ll find out more information about the Centre of Excellence, including:

    • Innovation Prizes
    • Think Tank pieces
    • Projects
    • Contact information