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Next steps for aviation decarbonisation and zero emission airports - policy | implementation | innovation | market, financial and stakeholder impact | investment and support | maximising environmental, economic and societal benefits

August 2023


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference looked at the next steps for aviation decarbonisation in the UK.


Key stakeholders and policymakers examined the Government’s targets for net zero airports by 2040 and net zero aviation by 2050, looking at:


  • progress and next steps
  • the outcome of the 2040 Zero Emissions Airport Target consultation in England
  • what will be needed if policy ambitions are to be achieved

Delegates assessed developments in the move towards net zero aviation, with latest thinking on strategies and practical approaches, as well as implications for the aviation market, key players and customers.


Further sessions looked at innovation in decarbonisation strategies, new technological developments, sustainable aviation fuel alternatives, and the potential impacts on local communities, health, and employment in the transition to net zero aviation.


We are pleased to have been able to include keynote sessions with Holly Greig, Deputy Director, Aviation Climate Change, Department for Transport; Nour Eid, Head of Strategy & Commercial - Hydrogen Capability Network, Aerospace Technology Institute; Matthew Gorman, Carbon Strategy Director, Heathrow Airport; and Wolfgang Schuster, Executive Director, Connected Places Catapult.


Overall, areas for discussion included:


  • policy: consultation and government responses on net zero airports - implementation issues for decarbonisation initiatives - priorities for coordination across the net zero policy agenda
  • innovation priorities: practicalities, technological developments and milestones for achieving airport decarbonisation, net zero airport emissions by 2040 and net zero aviation by 2050
  • issues for stakeholders: assessing the potential market impact - cost-benefit analysis for businesses, supplies, customers, and other key stakeholders in the aviation industry
  • finance and support: priorities and sources of investment and support - mapping short and long-term economic factors
  • wider societal impacts: how the potential for local and regional green job creation can be realised - health and economies of airport communities - next steps to providing better air quality

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from the CMA; DAERA, NI; DBT; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; DESNZ; DfT; DHSC; DSIT; EA; HM Treasury; HSE; Isle of Man Government; MCA; MOD; Planning Inspectorate; The Scottish Government; UKEF; UKSA; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from The House of Commons.



This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda