Highlights from coverage of the COP26 conference relating to the decarbonisation of transport


Sunday 31st October 2021

Bill Gates on driving investment in clean technology

The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, in an article in the Financial Times, discusses the difficulty of getting investment in the technologies that will enable Net Zero. He recalls how he needed relatively little infrastructure to write the computer code that started Microsoft so had few barriers to overcome. But climate-smart technologies require expensive scale-up from lab to commercial demonstration to prove viability. They also end up with end products that are pretty much the same as things we have already, albeit with less climate impact, and this makes it harder to gain financial backing. He believes that governments need to incentivise investment through commitments to purchase end products like sustainable aviation fuel.

Saturday 30th October

IATA pushes governments to act on SAF supply

In an interview with The Guardian’s transport correspondent Gwyn Topham, IATA director general, Willie Walsh reported on IATA’s recent commitment to reach net zero by 2050. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a credible way to achieve this, he says, but, “the issue is that airlines can’t get the supply”. Fuel companies need to be mandated by governments to provide SAF at scale.