Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

For booking-related queries or information on speaking please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk, or contact us: +44 (0)1344 864796.

Next steps for aviation decarbonisation in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2024

This conference will discuss next steps for decarbonising the UK aviation sector.

It will bring stakeholders together with policymakers to examine priorities for delivering net zero aviation, in the context of ambitions in DfT’s Jet Zero Strategy, including next steps for the 5-year delivery plan and implications for industry.

Delegates will assess plans to build the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry and develop zero emission flights in the UK, considering costs, efficiency factors, timeframes for implementation, creating successful carbon markets and developing GGRs to offset emissions, as well as options for developing a circular fleet recycling and renewal system. Discussion will also consider the Government’s aim to maintain the benefits of air travel whilst maximising wider opportunities for decarbonising the sector in line with targets outlined in the Jet Zero Strategy.

Further sessions will discuss priorities for research and development, including in carbon mitigation and innovative methods to reduce aviation emissions, and also the potential of AI deployment as a regulatory mechanism for safety, efficiency and innovation.

It will also be an opportunity to consider next steps for putting in place the enablers for sector decarbonisation, such as for airport operations in light of the 2040 zero emissions airport target, including the impact this earlier target will have on the wider objective for a net zero sector by 2050, as well as approaches to unlocking wider environmental, community and financial benefits in the UK.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Holly Greig, Deputy Director, Aviation Climate Change, Department for Transport; Andrew Chadwick, Ecosystem Director, Air Mobility and Airports, Connected Places Catapult; Thomas Fowler, Director of Sustainability and Finance, Ryanair; and Hannah Pollard, Head of Sustainability, Bristol Airport.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Jet Zero Strategy: assessing aims outlined in the strategy - the role and workstreams of the Jet Zero Council - progress thus far - evaluating practicality, logistics and achievability
  • sustainable and alternative aviation fuels: priorities for developing a robust and abundant SAF industry in the UK
  • carbon impact: minimising carbon emissions from the industry - utilising technology and innovation to mitigate and offset the impact of carbon emissions - decarbonising airport operations
  • cost implications: impact on businesses, suppliers, consumers and other industry stakeholders
  • priorities for R&D: the roll-out, scaling up and commercialisation of innovation and technology - considering SAFs, hydrogen, zero-emission aircrafts, GGRs, AI and other technological advances
  • options for renewing and recycling fleets: organisational and estate decarbonisation - considering financial and sustainability costs
  • investment: financing options for stakeholders - addressing revenue uncertainty - the role of aviation decarbonisation in enabling investor confidence
  • enhancing sectoral benefits for the UK: supporting greater national and international market access for the UK in business and trade - realising the potential of guilt-free tourism to, from and within the UK
  • skills and jobs: increasing green skills and jobs demand - contributing to the growth of the aviation sector

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Cabinet Office; CAA; Defra; EA; DfT; MAA; DfE; DESNZ; DAERA, NI; DBT; Department for the Economy, NI; DSIT; HM Treasury; HoC Library; HSE; NIC; The Planning Inspectorate; UKIB; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Holly Greig

Deputy Director, Aviation Climate Change, Department for Transport

Andrew Chadwick

Ecosystem Director, Air Mobility and Airports, Connected Places Catapult

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Chadwick

Ecosystem Director, Air Mobility and Airports, Connected Places Catapult

Holly Greig

Deputy Director, Aviation Climate Change, Department for Transport

Hannah Pollard

Head of Sustainability, Bristol Airport

Thomas Fowler

Director of Sustainability and Finance, Ryanair


Rt Hon Baroness Jacqueline Foster of Oxton

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Future of Aviation


Helena Anderson

Chief Operating Officer, Ikigai Capital

Neil Cloughley

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Faradair Aerospace

Richard Smith

Engagement Director, Aviation, Wincon

Rob Catherall

Principal, Oxera

Nick Platts

Managing Director, Luton Rising

Africa Abajas

Sustainable Aviation Manager, ICF

Helena Bennett

UK Transport Lead, European Climate Foundation

Hervé Morvan

Chief of Future Platforms and Global Chief of Hydrogen Technology, Rolls-Royce

Mark Westwood

Professor and Head of Centre for Aeronautics, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University