Leaders from across the UK’s Sustainable Aviation coalition have written to the Prime Minister to reaffirm the industry’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2050.
The organisation is calling for a strengthened partnership between Government and the aviation sector to achieve the goal of making zero-emissions flight possible.
In the letter, the coalition has called for support in several areas critical to net zero flight including the delivery of a UK sustainable aviation fuels industry.
As the UK’s aviation industry continues to face the greatest crisis in its history resulting from the pandemic, the letter highlighted the once in a generation chance for the UK to seize the opportunity to lead the world in delivering net zero flight.
The letter argued this would support the UK’s economic recovery through the creation of high skilled jobs and supply-chain and export benefits the new green aviation technology would bring.
To deliver upon aviation’s net zero commitment, CEOs have urged support for the emergence of a domestic UK sustainable aviation fuels industry, through targeted loan guarantees and the provision of capital grants that would be critical to delivering fuel plants - the foundation for up to 14 UK plants generating sustainable fuel from household and industrial waste by the middle 2030s.
A UK sustainable aviation fuels industry, based around seven clusters at Teesside, Humberside, the north-west England, South Wales, Southampton, St Fergus and Grangemouth, could help level-up the UK by delivering around £3 billion (€3.3 billion) in gross value added and 20,200 jobs by the middle 2030s, with UK production saving 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
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