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First net zero transatlantic flight from UK

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Guilt-free flights are on the way – and it may be coming from the UK government.

As early as 2023, we may have the first net zero transatlantic flight coming out of the UK, announced Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during his visit to the US.

The net zero transatlantic flight fund is a competition set up by the government to run the first ever commercial transatlantic flight powered completely by sustainable aviation fuel. Up to £1 million in funding will be made available between 2022 and 2023 to support the testing, research and personnel costs it will take to make this possible.

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The government has recently committed to supporting the move towards sustainable aviation fuel, something which will have a huge impact on the world’s carbon emissions.

Currently, aviation is responsible for 12% of the world’s CO2 emissions from transport, but with sustainable aviation fuel on the rise, this could be about to change.

This has come out of the Jet Zero Council (JZC), which is a partnership between industry and government, aiming to bring around sustainable, net zero aviation. It is thought that, not only will this contribute to a greener world and lower carbon emissions, it will also support and create new jobs throughout the industry.

“It’s crucial that we place sustainability at the heart of the aviation industry’s recovery from Covid-19 and I look forward to working with them on this challenge, which will lower the impact flying across the Atlantic has on the planet,” said the Transport Secretary. 

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