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A Green Industrial Revolution

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:04 pm on 15th January 2020.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Secretary of State for Transport 6:04 pm, 15th January 2020

I agree that it is a great idea for airlines to offer carbon offsetting, but although that is a good first step, I want to go further. We have the opportunity, the brains and the capacity in this country to invent the future of flight, just as we helped in so many ways to invent flight initially. I want us to focus on that, and a lot of money and research is going into it now. At Cranfield, there is the E-Fan X plane—a BAe 146 aircraft built by de Havilland in my constituency back in the day, which is being converted into an all-electric aircraft in a project sponsored by, I think, Airbus and Boeing. This is a fantastic opportunity and we must take it.