‘Jet Zero’ technology will not be ready in time to meet the Government’s climate targets, a leading aerospace engineer has admitted. Emissions from international aviation were included in national targets for the first time this week as the Government pledged to reduce greenhouse gases by 78 per cent from 1990 levels by 2035. Its strategy relies on the development of new technology, which it is supporting through its Jet Zero council, which has the ambitious target of creating the first zero-emissions commercial flight. But Guy Gratton, who sits on one of the Jet Zero sub committees and leads cutting-edge research into low carbon aviation at Cranfield University told the Telegraph that “the unpleasant truth” was that this would not be enough and air travel would have to be limited to meet emissions targets. “Technology can do a lot, but I don’t think it’s going to do everything,” Mr Gratton, an associate professor of aviation and the environment, said.
Telegraph 26th April 2021 read more »
Given the huge contribution of transport to global CO2 emissions — 16 per cent at the last count — there are hopes that [net zero] ambitions will trigger a flood of new investment into more environmental options for getting around. Britain is due to release a blueprint for how it plans to cut emissions from transport this spring. That is likely to lean heavily on the Climate Change Committee’s detailed report on how to achieve the required cuts, which includes a recommendation to invest in public transport to get people out of their cars and on to buses and trains, as well as support for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. As part of its transport transformation, the European Commission has promised to double high-speed rail traffic across Europe by 2030. According to Dirk Hoozemans, fund manager at Triodos Bank: “Trains can be the alternative to planes, especially under 1,000km, both for passengers and freight as they create less CO2 and can be just as fast.” In the US, if President Biden manages to push through his American Jobs Plan, a total of $620 billion will be destined for public transport networks, electric vehicles and other transport infrastructure.
Times 28th April 2021 read more »