A coalition of aviation companies has called for sustainable aviation fuel projects to be at the heart of the UK government's green recovery plan.
The Sustainable Aviation coalition made up of members Heathrow Airport, Airbus and British Airways want a commitment from government to support sustainable fuel projects to the tune of £500 million.
The £500 million fund would contribute towards the development of aircraft and engine technology, ensuring the UK is among the first to develop hybrid and electric aircraft.
The Chair of Sustainable Aviation said:
“In February this year, UK aviation committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and laid out a plan to achieve this through investing in cleaner aircraft and engine technology, smarter flight operations, sustainable aviation fuels and high-quality carbon offsets and removals.
“Three months on, these actions all remain essential to delivering sector wide decarbonisation, particularly given the role UK aviation can play as an engine for rebuilding the economy.
“But to capitalise on these opportunities, we need urgent action from the government, particularly to support the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel technology in the UK.”
Whilst a spokesperson for Department for Transport said:
“While our current priority is fighting coronavirus we must continue to address longer-term challenges such as climate change and improving air quality and we are working with the sector on potential further measures.
“We support the aviation sector’s ambition of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and have made £20 million of capital funding available to develop low carbon aviation projects while rewarding the use of sustainable aviation fuels through the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation scheme.”
There seems to be a massive gap between the £500 million the Sustainable Aviation coalition have asked for and the £20 million of funding made available. What will be the next steps in ensuring the Aviation industry can meet the 2050 net zero emissions target.