Jet Zero Council

The Jet Zero Council (JZC) is a partnership between industry and government to bring together ministers and chief executive officer-level stakeholders, with the aim of delivering at least 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the UK fuel mix by 2030 and deliver zero emission transatlantic flight within a generation, driving the ambitious delivery of new technologies and innovative ways to cut aviation emissions.

The Jet Zero Council (JZC) will be the catalyst for zero emission flight across the Atlantic. To achieve this, it will focus on developing UK capabilities to deliver both net zero and zero emission technologies by:

  • developing and industrialising zero emission aviation and aerospace technologies
  • establishing UK production facilities for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and commercialising the industry by driving down production costs
  • developing a coordinated approach to the policy and regulatory framework needed to deliver net zero aviation by 2050

The objectives of the JZC are to:

  • provide ministerial and senior industry leadership on efforts to deliver UK capabilities for net zero aviation
  • identify and optimise the strategic, economic and international benefits of developing these industries in the UK, and overcome the barriers industry face in achieving these goals
  • accelerate the design, manufacture, testing, certification, infrastructure and commercial operation of zero emission aircraft and aviation systems in the UK through sustained investment in applied research and development (R&D) and fostering greater collaboration across sectors
  • accelerate the delivery of SAF by supporting the investment in first-of-a-kind SAF plants, supporting research and development of new pathways and driving down production costs through upscaling and innovation
  • support grassroots innovation in these areas and make the UK the best place in the world to develop new aviation technology
  • challenge existing approaches by involving disruptors and innovators in the dialogue

Industry members of the JZC have also committed to leading by example, driving the delivery of Jet Zero and supporting the effective functioning of the JZC through committing to the Jet Zero Industry Charter and making additional pledges of their own.

Read the Jet Zero Industry Charter (PDF, 181 KB, 5 pages)

Chairs

  • Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Transport Secretary
  • Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary

CEO

Emma Gilthorpe, Chief Operating Officer, Heathrow Airport

Members

Members are:

  • Trudy Harrison MP, Minister of State
  • Robert Courts MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
  • Dr Alicia Greated, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK KTN
  • Charlie Cornish, Group Chief Executive, Manchester Airports Group
  • David Bunch, UK Country Chair, Shell
  • David Lee, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Centre for Aviation, Transport, and the Environment; Manchester Metropolitan University
  • DHL – representative for the Jet Zero Council to be confirmed
  • Gary Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute
  • Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace, Cranfield University
  • Baroness Brown Julia King DBE FREng FRS, Jet Zero Council Adviser (and Crossbench Member of the House of Lords)
  • Dr Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive Officer, LanzaTech
  • Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive Officer, easyJet
  • John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport
  • Jonathon Counsell, Jet Zero Council Sustainable Aviation Fuels Delivery Group Chair (and Group Head of Sustainability, International Airlines Group)
  • Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive, Loganair
  • Julie Kitcher, Executive Vice President Communications and Corporate Affairs, Airbus
  • Karen Dee, Chief Executive, The Airport Operators Association
  • Kevin Craven, Chief Executive Officer, ADS Group
  • Kyle Martin, Vice President, European Affairs, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Louise Kingham OBE, UK Head of ‎Country and Senior Vice President for Europe, bp
  • Matt Gorman, Chair, Sustainable Aviation
  • Sir Martin Donnelly, President, Boeing Europe and Managing Director, Boeing U.K and Ireland
  • Sir Mike Wigston KCB CBE ADC, Air Chief Marshal, Royal Air Force
  • Neville Hargreaves, Vice President, Waste to Fuels, Velocys
  • Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, Rolls-Royce
  • Rachel Gardner-Poole, Jet Zero Council Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group Chair (and Chief Operating Officer, Connected Places Catapult)
  • Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Russ Dunn, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy, GKN Aerospace
  • Sean Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, British Airways
  • Shai Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Atlantic
  • Stephen Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2
  • Stuart Gregg, UK&I Country Manager, Carbon Engineering
  • Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK
  • Tim Johnson, Director, Aviation Environment Federation
  • Val Miftakhov, Chief Executive Officer, ZeroAvia

Delivery Groups

To accelerate progress on the objectives of the JZC, we have established focused Delivery Groups. These reflect the priorities of the JZC and may change over time as policy evolves. The current Delivery Groups are:

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)

The SAF Delivery Group, chaired by Jonathon Counsell (IAG), working alongside the Department for Transport, provides advice on how government and industry can work together to establish UK production facilities and accelerate the delivery of the fuel to market. It is currently focusing on 3 specific areas:

  • development of a SAF mandate
  • commercialisation of SAF
  • technologies and feedstocks required for SAF production

For any enquiries or to request meeting minutes, contact Innovate KTN, the SAF Delivery Group secretariat, at jzcsafdg@ktn-uk.org.

Read the Jet Zero Council: Sustainable Aviation Fuels Delivery Group terms of reference.

Zero Emission Flight (ZEF)

The ZEF Delivery Group, chaired by Rachel Gardner-Poole (Connected Places Catapult), working alongside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport, will provide advice on how government and industry can work together to best accelerate the adoption of zero emission flight and put the UK in a leading position in the race to achieve zero emission flight.

It will build on the work of the Aerospace Technology Institute’s (ATI’s) FlyZero project and DfT’s Zero Emission Flight Infrastructure (ZEFI) project.

It will focus on 3 specific areas:

  • zero emission aircraft
  • ground infrastructure to support zero emission flight
  • regulatory requirements for zero emission flight

For any enquiries, contact the Jet Zero Council Secretariat at JetZeroCouncilSecretariat@dft.gov.uk.

Read the Jet Zero Council: Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group terms of reference.

JZC meeting minutes

Terms of reference

Purpose

The Jet Zero Council will provide advice on the government’s ambitions for clean aviation, with the aim of delivering at least 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the UK fuel mix by 2030 and deliver zero emission transatlantic flight within a generation. A dynamic government and industry partnership, the council will focus on developing UK capabilities to deliver both net zero and zero emission technologies by:

  • developing and industrialising zero emission aviation and aerospace technologies, including those that support our potential ‘moon-shot’ programme
  • establishing UK production facilities for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and commercialising the industry by driving down production costs
  • developing a coordinated approach to the policy and regulatory framework needed to deliver net zero aviation by 2050

Objectives

To:

  1. Provide Ministerial and senior industry leadership on efforts to deliver UK capabilities for net zero aviation.
  2. Identify and optimise the strategic, economic, and international benefits of developing these industries in the UK and overcome the barriers and constraints industry face in achieving these goals.
  3. Accelerate the designing, manufacturing, testing, certification, infrastructure and commercial operation of zero emission aircraft and aviation systems in the UK through sustained investment in applied research and development and fostering greater collaboration across sectors.
  4. Accelerate the delivery of SAF by supporting the investment in first-of-a-kind SAF plants, supporting research and development of new pathways and driving down production costs through upscaling and innovation.
  5. Support grassroots innovation in these areas and make the UK the best place in the world to develop new aviation technology. Challenge existing approaches by involving disruptors and innovators in the dialogue.

Scope

The council will advise on efforts to deliver net zero and zero emission aviation through UK production of zero emission flight and SAF, recognising the role of all current and future forms of commercial aviation in the technology pathway. Wider decarbonisation levers will be considered in DfT’s Net Zero Aviation consultation.

The council will establish delivery groups to accelerate progress on the objectives, utilising existing structures where possible. The council will work with relevant bodies, including the Net Zero Transport Board, the Hydrogen Advisory Council, and the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Council.

The primary focus will be on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, while taking into account wider sustainability issues, including non-CO2 effects.

Glossary of terms

Net zero (carbon dioxide) emission flight – can be achieved by deploying zero emission technologies or by reducing emissions and balancing out any remaining carbon dioxide emissions produced by the aircraft by an equal share of negative emissions elsewhere. This could be achieved through zero emission aircraft, or through low emission aircraft in combination with sustainable aviation fuels with at least 100% lifecycle emission savings or offsetting against greenhouse gas removals.

Commercial flight – all current and future forms of air services carrying people or goods for financial reward. This includes scheduled and unscheduled, manned and unmanned aviation services.

Zero Emission aircraft – do not emit any tailpipe carbon emissions. This could be achieved through a range of electric- or hydrogen-based propulsion technologies. This definition does not account for carbon emissions during manufacturing or aircraft maintenance.

Sustainable Aviation Fuels – a wide range of sustainable alternatives to conventional fossil-derived kerosene. This includes all alternative fuels which have the potential to reduce carbon emissions.

Net Zero Aviation consultation – the government consultation, led by DfT, on the policies and mechanisms to achieving net zero aviation by 2050. This will be launched later in 2020.

Non-CO2 effects – aviation produces a small amount of non-CO2 emissions which have climate impacts. This includes very small amounts of methane and N2O, both of which are regulated under the Climate Change Act, and aerosol particles and water vapour (which are not covered by either UK or international climate change policy). These emissions affect aerosols, clouds and atmospheric composition and can have both a positive and negative warming effect on climate.

Press releases and government publications

Jet Zero strategy: delivering net zero aviation by 2050 (published 19 July 2022).

Sky’s the limit as UK sets out strategy to reach net zero aviation and deliver guilt-free flying (published 19 July 2022).

First ever net zero transatlantic flight to take to the skies in 2023 (published 14 May 2022).

Planes running on batteries and hydrogen to become a reality under new group of aviation experts (published 20 April 2022).

Green aerospace tech to receive record government funding (published 29 March 2022).

Government commits funding to build back better and greener in our skies (published 21 January 2022).

Breakthrough energy catalyst: UK request for proposals on emerging climate technology projects (published 18 January 2022).

Government-backed liquid hydrogen plane paves way for zero emission flight (published 06 December 2021).

Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener (published 19 October 2021).

Prime Minister and Bill Gates launch £400 million partnership to boost green investment (published 19 October 2021).

Winners of £3 million zero emission flight aviation competition announced (published 29 September 2021).

ATI’s FlyZero project unveils fleet of development scout aircraft (published 23 September 2021).

Consultation: mandating the use of sustainable aviation fuels in the UK (published 23 July 2021).

Household waste and sewage to be used in jet fuel production as government makes world-leading sustainable aviation fuel commitments (published 23 July 2021).

Jet zero consultation: our strategy for net zero aviation (published 14 July 2021).

Government publishes world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050 (published 14 July 2021).

Jet Zero Council keeps up momentum with £3 million government funding for zero emission flight infrastructure as UK pioneers first-ever net zero carbon freighter flights (published 30 June 2021).

Bill to modernise airspace and tackle illegal use of unmanned aircraft receives Royal Assent (published 29 April 2021).

Consultation outcome: Implementing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (published 28 April 2021).

General Aviation Roadmap (published 23 April 2021).

UK enshrines new target in law to slash emissions by 78% by 2035 (published 20 April 2021).

£5.5 million to drive improvements to UK’s ‘motorways in the sky’ (published 19 March 2021).

Jet Zero launches £15 million competition to reduce aviation emissions (published 16 March 2021).

£90 million boost to fire up aerospace manufacturing (published 12 March 2021).

Build Back Better: our plan for growth (published 3 March 2021).

£84 million boost for technology to power a green aviation revolution (published 27 January 2021).

New aviation technology can boost economy and benefit society (published by UK Research and Innovation, 25 January 2021).

Sustainable fuels to power RAF jets (published 12 December 2020).

The ten point plan for a green industrial revolution (published 18 November 2020).

Prepare for lift-off: Jet Zero Council to deliver carbon-free flight (published 25 September 2020).

PM commits £350 million to fuel green recovery (published 22 July 2020).

UK aerospace sector to benefit from £400 million funding to go green (published 20 July 2020).

Contact details

JetZeroCouncilSecretariat@dft.gov.uk