Given the international nature of the aviation sector, the Government’s emphasis has been on taking action at the global level as the best means of addressing carbon emissions from aviation.
In 2016, the UK was instrumental in reaching a ground-breaking international agreement through the International Civil Aviation Organisation, aimed at decoupling growth in flights from growth in emissions by achieving carbon neutral growth in the sector from 2020.
However, the Government has also encouraged other measures to reduce aviation emissions, including VIA the use of biofuels, airspace reform and improvements in aerospace technology.
The Government intends to make aviation biofuels eligible for certificates under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. This will help increase the use of renewable fuels in a sector that remains likely to require liquid fuels over the long term.
Through the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition, the Government has made £22 million matched capital funding available to support the production of low carbon fuels for aviation and heavy good vehicles.
The Government will set out its strategic approach to the aviation sector in a series of consultations leading to the publication of a new Aviation Strategy for the UK in 2019.
The Strategy will consider what the best approach and combination of policy measures are at the international and domestic levels to ensure we effectively address carbon emissions from aviation.