UK airlines respond to Jet Zero Strategy launch
July 20th, 2022
Commenting on the publication of the Government’s Jet Zero Strategy, Tim Alderslade, CEO of Airlines UK, the industry body representing UK-registered carriers, said:
“UK airlines welcome the Jet Zero Strategy, which must act as a launchpad for the vital action needed this decade and beyond to deliver net zero aviation by 2050. Flying is not the enemy – carbon is – and this strategy demonstrates that a sustainable future for aviation is possible through the development of new, zero emission technologies like hydrogen, upscaling and commercialising the use of sustainable aviation fuels – made here in the UK – developing carbon markets and greenhouse gas removal technologies, and completing airspace modernisation – allowing us to enjoy all the good things aviation can offer whilst driving down its environmental impact.
“More progress is required to get us to that point, though, in particular on SAF. The commitment to seeing the initial handful of SAF plants under construction by 2025 is hugely welcome, and we know the proposed mandate will drive demand from airlines in what is a proven technology. The challenge now is to commercialise this nascent industry, and we look forward to working with Government this year to see if further interventions are required to stimulate investment in UK SAF, in particular by ensuring a level of price stability that can attract new entrants into the market.”