Climate Action

UK aviation industry commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Members of the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition have committed to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • 04 February 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Members of the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition have committed to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Along with the new commitment, the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition have also published the “Decarbonisation Road-Map: A Path to Net Zero”, which provides a thorough review of the opportunities to cut aviation emissions.

This road map sets out exactly where reductions can come from, including through smarter flight operations, new aircraft and engine technology, modernising UK airspace, the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and high-quality market-based policy measures.

Neil Robinson, Chair of Sustainable Aviation, said: “Climate change is a clear and pressing issue for people, businesses and governments across the world. We know aviation emissions will increase if decisive action is not taken, and that’s why UK aviation today commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, through an international approach, working with governments around the world and through the UN.”

“The UK is well positioned to become one of the leaders in the green technologies of the future, including sustainable aviation fuels and electric flight, creating highly-skilled and well-paid jobs in the process, and we look forward to working in partnership with Ministers to help realise these opportunities.”

The Sustainable Aviation coalition say that with these actions, the UK will be able to grow passenger numbers by 70% – in line with current projections, whilst reducing net emissions from 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year today down to zero.

Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “The fight against climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the modern world, but the aviation sector’s commitment today is a huge step forward in creating a greener future.”

“Aviation has a crucial role to play in reducing carbon emissions, and with the help of new technologies, renewable fuels and our continued international co-operation through the UN agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, we’ll be able to strike that balance, creating a greener and cleaner future.”