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Are hydrogen and electric aircraft the future to reduce aviation emissions?

25 November 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee will consider hydrogen- and electric-powered aviation as it continues taking evidence on the Net Zero Aviation and Shipping inquiry.

On the first panel, MPs will focus on the current potential of zero emission flight and the required infrastructure. The Committee will hear from Heathrow Airport, Airbus, Government transport innovation agency Connected Places Catapult, and Zero Avia, the first company in the world to develop a hydrogen-powered flight. On the second panel, representatives from NGOs Possible and the Aviation Environment Federation will discuss the need for strategies to reduce demand for flights.

In July the Government committed to support the development of new and zero carbon UK aircraft technology, and published its Jet Zero Consultation on the aviation sector reaching net zero by 2050. The consultation proposes no policies encouraging customers to fly less. As well as being responsible for 2.5 per cent of global carbon emissions, aviation accounts for 3.5 per cent of global warming through its impact on ozone, methane, water vapour, soot, sulphur aerosols, and water contrails.

Witnesses

Wednesday 1 December

At 2pm

  • Matt Gorman, Director of Carbon Strategy, Heathrow Airport
  • Glenn Llewellyn, Vice President, Zero Emission Aircraft, Airbus
  • Hannah Tew, Director of Air Mobility, Connected Places Catapult
  • Val Miftakhov, Founder & CEO, Zero Avia

At 3.10pm

  • Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation
  • Leo Murray, Director of Innovation, Possible

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