MPs to explore low-carbon flights with green fuel experts and major airlines

In its fourth evidence session on Net zero aviation and shipping, the Environmental Audit Committee will explore how the fuels powering flights can be made more sustainable as the UK strives to meet net zero.

Across two panels, MPs will first discuss the potential of sustainable aviation fuels with green fuel experts including the Green Alliance and Zero Petroleum.

On the second panel, MPs will have the opportunity to question major airlines including IAG (owners of British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia), easyJet and Loganair about the potential of zero emission flight technologies being rolled out to aircraft flying commercial passenger services.

Among the issues likely to be discussed on 30 March are:

  • How private sector companies are harnessing the potential of sustainable aviation fuels;
  • Which fuels companies are developing, and how close they are to commercialisation;
  • What policy levers the Government could use to support the take-up of alternative fuels;
  • How effective market-based measures are at reducing emissions.

The timetable is:

Witnesses from 14:15: 

·       Helena Bennett, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance

·       Andy Cornell, Representative for the Renewable Transport Fuel Association; Chief Executive Officer, Biofuel Solutions Ltd 

·       Dr Neville Hargreaves, Vice President, Waste to Fuels, Velocys

·       Paddy Lowe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zero Petroleum

Witnesses from 15:15:

·       Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group

·       Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive, Loganair

·       Hemant Mistry, Director of Energy Transition, International Air Transport Association

·       David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations, easyJet

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