10 FEBRUARY 2020
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Members of the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition last week committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with government targets, while accommodating an expected 70% growth in passenger numbers.
The move is based on a review of the means to cut emissions and forms a central pillar of a new decarbonisation roadmap called A Path to Net Zero also published last week by the group.
The document sets out 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.
In a statement, the coalition said: “With these actions, the UK will be able to grow passenger numbers by 70% – in line with current projections – while reducing net emissions from 30m tonnes of CO2 per year today down to zero.”
In another document, the coalition identifies the specific role sustainable aviation fuels, which could meet 32% of UK demand by 2050, could play in meeting the commitment, forecasting the UK could become a world leader in developing them.
Coalition chairman Neil Robinson said: “Climate change is a clear and pressing issue and that’s why UK aviation is committing to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through an international approach with governments and the UN.”
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