Aviation points, mainly on future “Sustainable Aviation Fuels” from Boris’ 10-point plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution”
The Government has produced a new 10-point plan, “for a Green Industrial Revolution – Building back better, supporting green jobs, and accelerating our path to net zero.” Much is aimed at creating new jobs in new sectors. There is little about aviation, and nothing of much substance, except hopes for “sustainable aviation fuels” (SAF) for future use. It says government will put £15m into FlyZero – a 12-month study, delivered through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), into the strategic, technical and commercial issues in designing and developing zero-emission aircraft that could enter service in 2030. Also a £15m competition to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels production. They will establish a Sustainable Aviation Fuels clearing house to enable the UK to certify new fuels, driving innovation in this space. There will be a consultation in 2021 on a Sustainable Aviation Fuel mandate to blend “greener” fuels into kerosene, which will create a market-led demand for these alternative fuels. The mandate would start in 2025. Government will invest in R&D for the infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to move to battery and hydrogen aircraft. And there will be a consultation on an Aviation Decarbonisation Strategy in 2021.
“Green Industrial Revolution – Building back better, supporting green jobs, and accelerating our path to net zero”
18.11.2020 – Government announcement
These are the 10 points:
Point 2. Driving the Growth of Low Carbon Hydrogen
Point 3. Delivering New and Advanced Nuclear Power
Point 4. Accelerating the Shift to Zero Emission Vehicles
Point 5. Green Public Transport, Cycling and Walking
Point 6. Jet Zero and Green Ships
Point 7. Greener Buildings
Point 8. Investing in Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage
Point 9. Protecting Our Natural Environment
Point 10. Green Finance and Innovation
Key aviation commitments:
This is the section on aviation:
Point 6: Jet Zero and Green Ships
to develop a sector-led goal.
flight and created civil aviation. Fast-forward to September 2020 when the first commercial
aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell took off in Cranfield. British innovation will unlock
the world of sustainable fuels, turning these fossil fuel intensive journeys into lower carbon
routes of transportation that allow the opportunity of global travel whilst also safeguarding
our planet. To achieve this, we have established the Jet Zero Council as a sector-wide
partnership to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies to help
develop our strategy to reach net zero aviation, which we will set out next year. We are
investing £15 million into FlyZero – a 12-month study, delivered through the Aerospace
Technology Institute (ATI), into the strategic, technical and commercial issues in designing
and developing zero-emission aircraft that could enter service in 2030.
run a £15 million competition to support the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
(SAF) in the UK, building on the success of the Future, Fuels for Freight and Flight
Competition. We will establish a SAF clearing house, the first of its kind in Europe, to
enable the UK to certify new fuels, driving innovation in this space. Alongside this, we
intend to consult on a Sustainable Aviation Fuel mandate to blend greener fuels into
kerosene, which will create a market-led demand for these alternative fuels. To support the
emergence of a market in zero emission aircraft we will invest in R&D into the
infrastructure upgrades required at UK airports to move to battery and hydrogen aircrafts.
people. To complement our work on aviation, we will invest £20 million into the Clean
Maritime Demonstration Programme to develop clean maritime technology. We are
already running hydrogen ferry trials in Orkney and due to launch a hydrogen refuelling
port in Teesside, as we seek to revitalise our ports and coastal communities.
Taking action on net zero aviation and green ships could deliver…
supporting industry and driving fuel uptake.
to the UK economy), and position the UK at the forefront of the zero-emission aircraft
plants in 2021, with a mandate possibly starting in 2025
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