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July 28, 2022

What is Jet-Zero and Why is it Important?

Jet Zero is a plan to take the aviation industries carbon emissions to zero by the year 2050

Jet Zero is a plan to take the aviation industries carbon emissions to zero by the year 2050. This is a monumental task, as every second, 10 tonnes of jet fuel is burnt by the industry. So, there is a long way to go, but this plan should ensure, with proper execution, that net-zero is reached.

The Steps Towards Jet Zero

There are six main steps which need to be taken by the government and airline companies are listed below:

  1. Improving the efficiency of planes
  2. Encouraging customers to make green choices
  3. Capturing and offsetting carbon-dioxide (CO2)emissions
  4. Dealing with other non-CO2 warming effects off lying
  5. Using more sustainable fuels
  6. Zero emission flight

The Alternatives

There is a push for sustainable aviation fuels which can replace the current jet fuels without any changes being made to the industry and is why they are called ‘drop in’ fuels. These fuels are made from plants or waste biomass streams; and synthetic jet fuels, generated from electricity used to make hydrogen from water, and carbon dioxide captured from the air.

There are also other ways of creating an emission free jet, and that is by creating a hydrogen powered or electrically powered aircraft. However, these will take many years to develop and would have to be slowly integrated into the industry as they would cost money and older jets would have to be replaced.

Why is this change important for us?

As around 2% of all annual carbon emissions come from the aviation industry, it is one of the largest contributing industries to climate change, Jet Zero, if it is a success, will cut these emissions by thousands of tonnes per year and therefore hugely push us forward to net-zero.

So basically don't be like Kylie Jenner and take a 3 minute flight to the shops.

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