Environment and Sustainability

 Background

BALPA wants to see a thriving future for the aviation sector in the UK, one that provides jobs for
our members and mobility for our population. Yet we are in the midst of a climate crisis and have a
moral and legal obligation to ensure our future is a sustainable one. A careful balance needs to be
struck.

To achieve further carbon savings in a timely way an unprecedented rate of change and innovation
is required. It is imperative that the UK Government act quickly and decisively to place the UK at
the forefront of this change and avert the risk of enforced limits on flying. 

 BALPA Position

In the short term, we should focus on issues that quickly improve sustainability without
undue burden on a recovering industry (e.g., operational efficiencies, non CO2 effects).

While the Jet Zero strategy lays out a credible pathway to decarbonising the aviation sector, one
which we support, many unknowns remain. Our key recommendations to UK government are:
  • Make very substantial investment, early, to ensure the UK is at the forefront of
    technological change in aircraft design, power plant design, SAF technology and renewable
    energy generation.
  • Take rapid action in areas that have immediate effects such as contrail avoidance and work with unions to identify airline operational efficiencies.
  • Draw upon the massive body of knowledge and practical experience built up by UK's flight crew and use it to inform and improve the Jet Zero strategy.
  • Campaign via ICAO to strengthen CORSIA and widen its remit to include non-CO2 effects.
  • Work closely with EASA and the EU to ensure our regulations remain compatible with Europe’s -and at least as ambitious -to provide security for operators and ensure a level playing field
BALPA's full interim environment position paper sets out in more detail what we believe must be done to achieve these goals.


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