Sustainable Aviation sets 2050 net zero carbon emissions goal

5 February 2020 (Last Updated February 5th, 2020 14:17)

The UK Sustainable Aviation coalition has announced its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Sustainable Aviation sets 2050 net zero carbon emissions goal
Glasgow Airport in Scotland is part of the Sustainable Aviation coalition. Credit: Emirates EK27.

The UK Sustainable Aviation coalition has announced its commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Members of the coalition, including Glasgow Airport, pledged to achieve the goal in an event with UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

The coalition came to the decision after reviewing different industry measures to reduce emissions. The plan forms part of the ‘Decarbonisation Road-Map: A Path to Net Zero’, which was published by Sustainable Aviation.

Sustainable Aviation is a coalition of major airlines, airports, manufacturers, air navigation service providers and other stakeholders in the UK.

The report outlines different areas where emissions can be reduced such as smarter flight operations and new aircraft and engine technology.

According to the report, the goal can also be met by modernising UK airspace and using sustainable aviation fuels.

These actions will help in reducing the emissions from 30 million tonnes of CO2 annually to zero, while UK passenger numbers are expected to increase by 70%.

In addition, a ‘Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map’ was also released, outlining the role of aviation fuels in adhering to the goal.

Sustainable Aviation chair Neil Robinson said: “Climate change is a clear and pressing issue for people, businesses and governments across the world. We know aviation emissions will increase if decisive action is not taken, and that’s why UK aviation today commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, through an international approach, working with governments around the world and through the UN.

“The UK is well positioned to become one of the leaders in the green technologies of the future, including sustainable aviation fuels and electric flight, creating highly skilled and well-paid jobs in the process, and we look forward to working in partnership with ministers to help realise these opportunities.”

Last month, the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) reached an agreement to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available at Zurich Airport during this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) meet in Davos, Switzerland.