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BA flies zero carbon

It may have been a cargo flight but British Airways has completed its first-ever net zero carbon flight with fuel provided by a mix of sustainably sourced waste materials such as cooking oil.  BA has ordered 1.2m litres of the fuel.

A statement by the Department for Transport (DfT) noted emissions savings of more than 80% compared to conventional jet fuel.  It coincided with the third meeting of the Jet Zero Council

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As the first major economy to commit to net zero by 2050, we’ve gone further than any country in the world to slash our aviation emissions – providing leadership, funding and the framework needed to lead the charge.  

“Now is the time for organisations and companies to take advantage of the opportunities we have provided to harness the economic and environmental benefits building back better and greener has to offer.”

This comes as the Jet Zero Council met for the third time last week, setting out plans to put UK aviation at the heart of the UK’s pandemic recovery “building back better and greener through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the development of zero emission aircraft and infrastructure,” the DfT statement noted, pointing out that the UK continues its track to deliver the world’s first zero emission flight across the Atlantic within a generation.

www.gov.uk/government/groups/jet-zero-council

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