The UK has launched the Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group to advance the development of battery and hydrogen-powered flights.
The new group is formed of aviation experts who will work together with the aim of making zero emission flights a reality by supporting the development of zero emission aircraft and airport infrastructure. In addition, the group will explore how the law needs to adapt to enable sustainable flying.
These efforts aim to further the UK’s shift towards greener aviation.
The Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group was launched by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng at the Jet Zero Council’s fifth meeting.
“From the first jet engine created here in the UK, Britain is truly a world-leader in flying. Now we are determined to revolutionise flying and we want to see everyone have the opportunity to travel guilt-free. We are determined to bring forward the flight technology of the future, and through our new Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group, we will help create thousands of jobs around the country and take another step toward zero emission flights.”
The Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group will build on the Aerospace Technology Institute’s FlyZero project and the UK Department for Transport’s Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure project.
The new group will be led by aviation expert Rachel Gardner-Poole, who has over 20 years of experience in military and commercial aviation.
“It is a great privilege to be asked to be the Chair of the Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group and I am committed to the critical work ahead to make zero emission aviation a reality. I am passionate about using innovation and technology to create a positive impact on our planet and look forward to collectively addressing the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us.”
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