UK aviation commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

British Airways Airplane

Today members of the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition have united behind a commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. At an event with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP in Central London, aviation industry executives will sign a pledge committing to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. 

This is based on a thorough review of the opportunities to cut aviation emissions and forms a central pillar of a new “Decarbonisation Road-Map: A Path to Net Zero” also published today by Sustainable Aviation. This sets out exactly where reductions can come from, including through smarter flight operations, new aircraft and engine technology, modernising UK airspace, the use of sustainable aviation fuels, and high-quality market-based policy measures. 

With these actions, the UK will be able to grow passenger numbers by 70% – in line with current projections – while reducing net emissions from 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year today down to zero. 

A “Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road-Map” has also been released today alongside the Decarbonisation Road Map, which identifies the specific role that sustainable aviation fuels could play in meeting this commitment. It forecasts that the UK could become a world leader in developing sustainable aviation fuels, which could meet 32% of the nation’s demand for aviation fuel by 2050.To download the full Decarbonisation Road-Map report please click here, and for an infographic summarising the key findings please click here. 

Sustainable Aviation is an alliance of the UK’s airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and air navigation service providers, and is the first alliance of its kind in the world. Together members of Sustainable Aviation are driving a long-term strategy to deliver cleaner, quieter and smarter flying.