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.
In the short term, we should focus on issues that quickly improve sustainability without undue burden on a recovering industry, especially mitigating the non-CO2 effects that aviation has on global warming.
While the Government’s Jet Zero Strategy lays out a credible pathway to decarbonising the aviation sector, one which we support, many unknowns remain.
Our response to the Jet Zero Strategy can be found here.
BALPA sits on the Jet Zero Council Non-CO2 Task & Finish Group.
Our key recommendations to UK government are:
- Take rapid action in areas that have immediate effects such as contrail avoidance and work with unions to identify airline operational efficiencies.
- 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.
- 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 response to the Jet Zero Strategy can be found here.
Our interim environment position paper (published prior to the Jet Zero Strategy’s publication) sets out in more detail what we believe must be done to achieve these goals.