The UK is to introduce a mandate for the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and by 2030, at least 10 per cent of jet fuel must be SAF. It has been reported the current percentage in the UK is lower than 0.1 per cent.
The government has also committed to begin construction on at least five commercial-scale SAF plants in the UK by 2025.
The new moves are part of the wider ‘Jet Zero Strategy’ which commits UK domestic aviation to achieving net zero emissions by 2040 and for all airports in England to be zero-emission.
The Jet Zero Strategy has six priority areas:
- Improve the efficiency of the UK’s existing aviation system, including airports, aircraft and airspace
- Increase support and demand for sustainable aviation fuels through the new SAF mandat
- Support the development of zero-emission aircraft
- Develop greenhouse gas removal technologies and carbon markets to drive decarbonisation and offset any residual emissions
- Provide consumers with reliable information so they can make sustainable aviation choices when booking
- Increase the understanding of the non-CO2 impacts of aviation
Nora Lovell Marchant, American Express Global Business Travel’s Vice President, Global Sustainability, commented on the news:
“Today’s Jet Zero announcement gives wings to the future of sustainable aviation (SAF), with clear targets and ambitious timings for delivery, and sends a clear message for the UK to take first position in the green aviation revolution.”
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