SAFs: The fuel of the Present

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs), created from household and industrial waste instead of fossil fuels, can offer up to 80% fewer carbon emissions over their lifecycle than traditional jet fuel, but their mass-rollout is hindered by lack of supply, resulting in high prices and subsequently, low demand.

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Under the Radar: Technological Solutions for Decarbonising Aviation

It’s not surprising that within the aviation industry it is new, innovative fuels like hydrogen, battery or sustainable aviation fuels that receive the most attention from commentators. After all, it’s kerosene that causes the emissions.

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For a Better Heathrow, think Rail

For a major international airport, Heathrow, unlike its European rivals, is poorly served by rail access. Currently, Heathrow is only directly linked by eastward-facing rail lines towards central London that neglect the huge number of passenger flows to the south and west of the airport.

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Can Hydrogen Powered Aircraft Become a Reality?

As part of the effort to decarbonise aviation, it’s often Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) that receive the attention. They are of course important, and immediately available - which helps. But whilst SAFs can cut carbon today, it has been said that hydrogen could eliminate carbon from aviation in the future. Let's explore this for a moment.

Over the last few weeks, the UK has quietly set out its credentials for it to lead the way in research on the use of hydrogen for powering aircraft.

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Aviation connectivity review will help argument for sustainable growth

source Flybe

The debate around the rescue plan for Europe’s largest independent airline, Flybe and its tax liability will be of keen interest to supporters of sustainable growth.

The rescue includes the potential deferment of over £100m in air passenger duty. APD charges for short haul flights start at £13 for economy and £26 for business/first class.

The plan also includes a Treasury review of air passenger duty as part of a Budget process to ensure that regional connectivity is supported alongside the UK’s climate change commitments to meet net zero carbon targets by 2050.

Although the tax deferment was attacked by some environmental groups, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps defended the decision.

“Air passenger duty is not designed as an environmental tax. I think that we can do far more by reviewing the way it works. I'll give you a simple example: there are now aircraft that are being designed and about to start flying which fly on electricity. They're going to do the island hops in Scotland.”

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News

Have a read of some of the best articles on Heathrow expansion and aviation progress 

A page with news about Heathrow expansion including news from the airport, Back Heathrow and other news and information we find and which is relevant or interesting!

  • As part of the Airlines2050 conference, the trade body that represents UK airlines has called for a new partnership with government to fund new clean aviation technology. Read the story here.
  • Heathrow calls for further industry-wide action on carbon as the airport’s biggest airline becomes first to commit to net zero. Read the story here.
  • Electric flight just over the horizon. Over 200 electric aircraft projects are currently underway. A report by Roland Berger, consultant.

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