Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

Transport written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote research into carbon-neutral aviation technology.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport is active in the international working group developing a certification standard for CO2 emissions from aircraft, it funds analytical research, working closely with Rolls Royce and Airbus, and also works with the Sustainable Aviation initiative, a consortium of aviation industry partners. I particularly welcome their current work to develop a ‘roadmap’ on how biofuels can be more widely deployed in the sector.

In addition to the steps above, my colleague the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, has launched the government's Industrial Strategy. In the Aerospace Industrial Strategy the Government and industry are jointly investing £2 billion over seven years in aerospace research and development. An Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) will be established to develop new technology and capability for the UK aerospace industry. It is likely to support many projects to increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

Previous research supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Technology Strategy Board—such as the Environmentally Friendly Engine programme, the SILOET programme with Rolls Royce, and the Next Generation Carbon Wing project with Airbus UK—has already led to more fuel efficient aircraft and a real reduction in carbon emissions.

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