New UK emissions target includes international aviation for first time

21 Apr 2021

SAF has essential role to play if UK is to meet 78% emissions reduction target

The UK Government has set an ambitious new target to reduce carbon emissions by 78% of 1990 levels by 2035, following recommendations from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

For the first time, the Carbon Budget will incorporate the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping emissions. As the only near-term solution to aviation decarbonisation, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) will play an essential role in meeting these ambitious new targets.

The Prime Minister said of the decision, “The UK will be a home to pioneering businesses, new technologies and green innovation as we make progress to net zero emissions”.

Altalto, the UK’s first SAF facility being developed by Velocys and British Airways in North East Lincolnshire, is one such example of the innovative projects that will be required to bring about this progress.

Velocys SAF technology, alongside others, will be key to driving down not only UK but also international aviation emissions in the years ahead.