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Article from BTNews 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

Jet Zero Council launched

New Aviation Minister Robert Courts has announced the official launch of the Jet Zero Council.

This coincided with the first hydrogen-electric passenger plane flight at Cranfield (see this week's BTN).

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges faced by modern society, and we know we need to go further and faster if we’re to make businesses sustainable long into the future,” he said.

That’s why we’re bringing together government, business and investors to reduce emissions in the aviation sector – through innovative technologies, such as sustainable fuels, hybrid and eventually electric planes, we will build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future for all.

The Council, which will establish sub-committees to accelerate progress, will focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and delivering clean growth. It will operate in the context of the UK’s wider target for net zero emissions by 2050 – one of the most ambitious targets in the world.

The partnership will leverage the UK’s world-leading aviation sector, which employs 230,000 people in the UK and contributes £33bn to the UK economy, to effectively tackle emissions while encouraging growth and green innovation. Through this partnership, the UK will go further than ever before in developing the first zero-emission transatlantic passenger aircraft.”


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