Responding to the publication of the Transport Committee’s report Fuelling the Future, UK aviation coalition Sustainable Aviation have said:
“We welcome the Committee’s clear support for a price support mechanism, such as Contracts for Difference (CfD), to turbocharge investment in a UK SAF industry. Domestic production of SAF would not only ensure security of supply to meet the Government’s 2030 10% SAF target, but could also create 20,000 UK jobs and £3bn in GVA by 2035.
It is absolutely right that SAF must play a major role in decarbonising aviation now and to 2050, particularly on long-haul flights which account for three-quarters of global aviation emissions. SAF is a drop-in fuel that can be used in today’s engines meaning it is a here and now solution if the government supports its scale-up.
The Committee’s report also highlights the role of zero-emission flight, powered by green hydrogen, in decarbonising aviation. Zero emission technologies will play an important and crucially – growing role – in reaching ‘jet zero’ as part of the full range of solutions needed, and these will take time to develop so it is vital that this and successive governments continues to work in partnership with industry to scale-up and commercialise these technologies rapidly. Fuel efficiency is also a key part of decarbonising for all fuel types, and therefore, continued investment into R&D to support technological development is also critical.”