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Greening aviation in an era of COVID‐19: Towards conceptualizing and operationalizing decarbonization

Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph, Debrah, Yaw, Anang, Sarah (2022) Greening aviation in an era of COVID‐19: Towards conceptualizing and operationalizing decarbonization. Journal of Environmental Management, 326 (Pt A). Article Number 116649. ISSN 1095-8630. (doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116649) (KAR id:97642)


Although net-zero greenhouse gas emission targets continue to gather burgeoning streams of research, there is a lacuna in current literature on the pathway challenges towards operationalizing decarbonization. The study advanced 2 × 2 matrix of an organizing framework of challenges in accomplishing net‐zero emissions targets. Using the global airline industry as an illustrative context, the study provided deep insights on the pivotal industry, institutional, and organizational challenges in the era of COVID-19 such as fleet modernization, over-reliance on fossil fuel, slow progress in the development of hydrogen and electric aircraft, risk of corporate greenwashing, and divergent approaches adopted by airlines. The challenges can be classified into policy-oriented, organization-specific, and external/macro-environment factors. The contributions to theory and practices were identified and examined.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116649
Uncontrolled keywords: Green economy, Environmental sustainability, Net-zero emissions, Climate change, Greenhouse gas emissions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Joseph Amankwah-Amoah
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 08:47 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 00:00 UTC
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Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph.

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