8 JULY 2019
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With climate change in the headlines and the UK government committing to a "Net Zero" carbon target for the country by 2050, UK aviation industry bodies came together last week to reaffirm their commitment to a greener future.
It came in the form of a statement from Sustainable Aviation, the coalition of UK airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service providers, setting out how the industry in the UK can meet climate commitments and growing passenger demand.
Coalition chair Neil Robinson said at the industry’s annual Aviation Reception organised by Airlines UK: “Aviation is a UK success story and fully accepts its role in helping the UK meet its carbon targets. Aviation wants to grow but it wants to do so sustainably.”
Aviation minister Baroness Vere added: “We continue to lead the world through the International Civil Aviation Organisation to develop global measures to tackle aviation emissions. The support of the UK aviation industry is vital to tackling climate change and ensuring the sector becomes one of the greenest in the world.”
The group said important progress had been made. While passenger numbers grew by more than 25% between 2010-16, emissions increased by only just over 4%, although aviation remained a challenging sector to decarbonise.
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