Government announce a new “Jet Zero” council…

Government announce a new “Jet Zero” council … but no details or notice to environmental organisations
2020-06-17 09:44:00
In a surprise announcement at Friday’s government Covid-19 daily briefing, Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, revealed plans for a ‘jet zero’ council, that will include representatives from the aviation industry, Government and environmental groups. Its alleged goal is “to make zero emissions transatlantic flight possible within a generation.” No further details were made available. No environmental group was given any notice about this new initiative. As the principal environmental body working on aviation issues, the AEF (Aviation Environment Federation) should have been included, if the government initiative was serious – not just a bit of nice publicity for the aviation sector. AEF has written to Shapps, to say that if the ‘jet zero’ council is to be a worthwhile initiative, the Government must ensure that it does not simply provide good PR for airlines and airports about a future aspiration – while allowing current emissions to grow unhindered. The initiative must be part of a wider programme of government action to deliver the UK’s climate commitments. The council must operate in a transparent manner including engaging with environmental organisations and all relevant stakeholders. To read the letter in full, click here. .Tweet .   Jet Zero Council: AEF open letter Jun 16 2020  (Aviation Environment Federation) In a surprise announcement at Friday’s government Covid-19 daily briefing, Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, revealed plans for a ‘jet zero’ council, that will include representatives from the aviation industry, Government and environmental groups. Its goal, he said, would be to make zero emissions transatlantic flight possible within a generation. No further details were made available. AEF has written an open letter to the Transport Secretary arguing that for the ‘jet zero’ council to be a worthwhile initiative the Government must ensure that it does not simply provide good PR for airlines and airports about a future aspiration while allowing emissions from the existing fleet to grow unhindered. The initiative must, the letter says, be part of a wider programme of government action to deliver the UK’s climate commitments, and the council must operate in a transparent manner including engaging with environmental organisations and all relevant stakeholders. To read the letter in full, click here. And to see a news report on the announcement of “Jet Zero” see below. . The letter says:    15 June 2020 Dear Secretary of State, Open letter re ‘jet zero’ Council We noted with interest your announcement on Friday that the Government will create a ‘jet zero’ council charged with making net zero emissions possible for future flights. As the UK’s only NGO dedicated to making the case for policy action on aviation environmental impacts, we welcome this ambition. We are pleased that the aviation industry has indicated to you its desire for a greener restart, something that environmental NGOs and unions have also called for. The scale of the challenge involved in tackling the emissions from aviation must not, however, be underestimated. As you noted on Friday transport is currently the UK’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter when international aviation is included. Aviation is almost completely dependent on fossil fuels and is anticipated to be the single largest source of emissions in the UK in 2050. For the ‘jet zero’ council to be a worthwhile initiative it will be essential to ensure that it do

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