DfT transport decarbonisation plan … nice-sounding targets for aviation CO2…

dft-transport-decarbonisation-plan-…-nice-sounding-targets-for-aviation-co2…

DfT transport decarbonisation plan … nice-sounding targets for aviation CO2…

DfT transport decarbonisation plan … nice-sounding targets for aviation CO2 .. . details on achieving those still awaited
2021-07-14 09:46:00
The Government has put out a statement from Grant Shapps and a page on its website about its transport decarbonisation plan. But the plan itself is not yet available, just the introductory text and (wildly optimistic, bullish comments  from Shapps) in order to get the headlines in the media this morning.  On aviation, the plan hopes to decarbonise all UK domestic aviation by 2040. It hopes all UK airport operations will be zero carbon by 2040. It hopes all UK aviation will be zero carbon by 2050. But there is no detail on how these miracles are to be achieved.  Unless there is serious intention to reduce the total numbers of air passengers and flights, it will not be possible to genuinely make flying zero carbon. So far any ambitions by government for this have been either by remarkable, novel fuels (which either have environmental impacts, or require huge amounts of non-emitting electricity which is unlikely to be available), or hydrogen (likewise requiring electricity) or electric planes. The industry itself acknowledges that neither hydrogen nor electric planes are going to enable even the current level of flying, for many decades, if ever.  Government is keen to tell people they can continue to fly, with a clear conscience – and the aviation sector can continue with “business as usual” for the time being. .Tweet     DfT page introducing the transport decarbonisation plan https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-publishes-worlds-first-greenprint-to-decarbonise-all-modes-of-domestic-transport-by-2050 14.7.2021 On aviation this says: “Aviation has a vital role to play in tackling climate change, [sic] which is why the government is today also launching the Jet zero consultation, which commits the sector to a net zero emissions target by 2050 and sets out an action plan for how it can be achieved – ensuring everyone can continue to fly for holidays, visits to family and business without contributing to climate change. Reflecting the fact the UK aviation industry is already leading the way in seeking to reduce emissions from flights, the consultation proposes an earlier target for UK domestic aviation to reach net zero by 2040, as well as for all airport operations in England to be zero emission by 2040. Emma Gilthorpe, COO of Heathrow and Jet Zero Council CEO, said: “I welcome the leadership from government in committing to a target of net zero emissions from aviation by 2050 and recognising that the aviation industry is committed to delivering on this, too. We look forward to working with government to translate this ambition to action and deliver a future where people can continue to enjoy the benefits of air travel – without worrying about their impact on the environment. “ Grant Shapps written statement to Parliament https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/transport-decarbonisation-plan which says “Today, we are also launching a Jet Zero consultation that commits the aviation sector to a net zero emissions target by 2050 and sets out our approach and principles to achieve this. The consultation focuses on the rapid development of technologies in a way that maintains the benefits of air travel and maximises the opportunities that decarbonisation can bring for the UK.” Carry on flying, says government green plan By Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst (BBC) 14.7.2021 Extracts relevant to aviation below:  Carry on flying, the government has told the British public, in its plan to reduce transport emissions to virtually zero by 2050. Ministers say new technology will allow domestic flights to be emissions-free by 2040, and international aviation to be zero carbon by mid century. The policy has been ridiculed by environmentalists who say the government is putting far too much faith in innovation. They say demand for flying and driving must be curbed if the UK is to meet its ambitious climate targets. The aviation proposal is contained in the government’s “Transport Decarbonisation Strategy” – part of its master plan for the entire economy to be virtually zero carbon by mid century. When Boris Johnson hosts the UN climate conference in Glasgow in November, he’ll need policies in place to prove to other nations how carbon cuts can be achieved. Shapps comments: “We absolutely are committed to getting [emissions from air travel] to zero carbon by 2050, in fact 2040 for domestic flights,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the BBC’s Today programme. Progress towards low-carbon flying was further advanced than people realised, he suggested. “We already have electric aircraft, going up in the air, and in fact the UK has become the first country in the world to have a hydrogen aircraft flying as well. “In addition to those advanced technologies we also have things like sustainable aviation fuel.”

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