Decarbonising Transport plan – various consultations to come on aviation…

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Decarbonising Transport plan – various consultations to come on aviation…

Decarbonising Transport plan – various consultations to come on aviation carbon
2021-07-14 17:57:00
The DfT has produced its transport decarbonisation plan. There is a lot of aspiration for aviation, depending on future increased use of “sustainable aviation fuels”, hydrogen and electric planes – as well as carbon capture and storage.  ie. dependence on technologies that do not yet exist on any scale, and which would take years/decades to develop. The aspirations for aviation are for “net zero” (ie. allowing offsets) for the sector by 2050, and net zero for domestic aviation by 2040. [Also plans for zero carbon airports, but they contribute only a tiny amount of total aviation carbon].  So lots of hopes. Nothing specific.  And absolutely no mention of the need to reduce demand for air travel, as their climate advisors, the Climate Change Committee, had recommended. The DfT consultation on the Jet Zero strategy – for aviation net zero by 2050 – has now been published, and runs till the 8th September. Also there will be consultations on making domestic aviation net zero; airport carbon; and on a UK sustainable aviation fuels mandate.  The DfT is supporting the development of new aircraft technology through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), and hopes to further develop the UK ETS. .Tweet     Department for Transport. Decarbonising Transport https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002285/decarbonising-transport-a-better-greener-britain.pdf The section on aviation is from P 116 to 127   Summary of the commitments on aviation: Accelerating aviation decarbonisation We will consult on our Jet Zero strategy, which will set out the steps we will take to reach net zero aviation emissions by 2050.  [Consultation now live, till 8th September 2021]. We will consult on a target for UK domestic aviation to reach net zero by 2040 We will consult on a target for decarbonising emissions from airport operations in England by 2040 We are supporting the development of new and zero carbon UK aircraft technology through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) We will fund zero emission flight infrastructure R&D at UK airports We will kick-start commercialisation of UK sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) We will consult on a UK sustainable aviation fuels mandate We will support UK airspace modernisation We will further develop the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to help accelerate aviation decarbonisation We will work with industry to accelerate the adoption of innovative zero emission aircraft and aviation technology in General Aviation We will aim to agree an ambitious long-term global emissions reduction goal in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO – the CORSIA)  by 2022.   Below are a few extracts from the DfT’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, relating to aviation. P 116 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002285/decarbonising-transport-a-better-greener-britain.pdf UK aviation has grown significantly since 1990, with passenger numbers increasing threefold to reach 296 million in 2019.116 Aviation has been one of the sectors most severely impacted by COVID-19. While we expect air travel to recover, the speed of recovery and longer-term impact of COVID-19 on the aviation sector are uncertain. However, by 2050 the Climate Change Committee (CCC) expects the sector to be the second largest contributor to UK GHG emissions unless significant action is taken.117 We are already taking decisive action. Last year we launched the Jet Zero Council, a pioneering partnership between the Government and the aviation sector to fast-track zero emission flight and the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the UK. This was supported by an initial £21 million investment in SAF and R&D into airport infrastructure upgrades for zero emission flight.118 Earlier this year we also launched the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which will be the world’s first net zero carbon cap and trade market … The Jet Zero Council The Jet Zero Council is a partnership between industry and government that brings together senior leaders in aviation, aerospace, and academia to drive the development of new technologies and innovative ways to cut aviation emissions. Its aim is to deliver zero emission transatlantic flight within a generation. The Council is considering how to: develop and industrialise clean aviation and aerospace technologies; establish UK production facilities for SAF and commercialise the industry; and develop a coordinated approach to the policy and regulatory framework needed to deliver net zero aviation by 2050. The Government will continue to work closely with industry on our Jet Zero ambition and provide information in a transparent and timely manner. … Alongside this publication, we are publishing a consultation on Jet Zero – a draft strategy to reach net zero aviation by 2050. Delivering this will require ambitious action across a number of key areas: the development of new zero emission aircraft, accelerating the supply and uptake of SAF, modernisation of our airspace and airports, and the development of trusted and verifiable markets to offset residual emissions. Information also needs to be made available to consumers which allows them to choose the most sustainable routes and travel providers when planning and undertaking their journeys. We need rapid progress in each of these areas to put aviation onto a credible and sustainable pathway to achieving net zero. … Through our plan and draft Jet Zero strategy, not only will aviation reach net zero by 2050, but we will look to move even sooner in certain areas such as domestic aviation and airports. … [The Jet Zero Strategy] will set out our approach to accelerating efficiency improvements of aircraft, airports and airspace, positioning the UK as a global leader in zero emission flight and SAF, and will explore how we can support consumers to make more sustainable travel choices when flying. … Following the CCC’s recommendation, we will consider whether UK domestic aviation should aim to achieve net zero earlier than the UK’s share of international aviation emissions, which could support our wider ambitions by driving innovation and early technology adoption in the UK. … Airports represent a small but material share of emissions from aviation. Several airports including Manchester and Gatwick have already achieved carbon neutrality;127 and many are now setting more ambitious targets, including Bristol, which is aiming for net zero emissions by 2030.128 We will consult on introducing an ambitious target across all airports. … The ATI Programme [Aerospace Technology Institute Programme ] provides £150 million of funding per year, matched by industry, for mid-stage collaborative R&

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