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Consumer research conducted by the UK’s Jet Zero Council has found that the majority of Brits would be open to flying on zero emission planes.

The research, commissioned by Innovate UK, found that 82% of Brits would be open to flying on a hydrogen-powered plane, while 77% would consider flying on planes run entirely on batteries.

It also found that British adults need thorough reassurance that any new aviation technologies are rigorously tested to ensure their safety, before being introduced commercially, and that they believe the commercial use of zero-emissions aviation technologies, such as battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft, to be around 15 years away.

Despite concerns about range and weight, 37% said they would fly on a battery powered aircraft, and a further 40% said they’d consider it. The public is seemingly more confident about hydrogen-powered aircraft, with 35% saying they would take a flight powered by hydrogen, and 47% saying they’d be open to it.

Emma Gilthorpe, CEO of the Jet Zero Council, said,

“It’s great to see how confident the general public are about zero-emissions aviation technologies. Battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft are a crucial part of decarbonising the future of flight, and it is important that industry makes it as easy as possible for the public to embrace these technologies as they enter service”.

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Chair of the Jet Zero Council Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group, said,

“It is really helpful to see the views of the general public on these important topics. Battery electric aircraft are already being used on a daily basis by some UK-based private flying schools, and will expand significantly to urban and rural settings in the near future, with regional flight also anticipated. Meanwhile, emerging hydrogen propulsion will be capable of domestic flights, and in the longer term, international routes will be flown using hydrogen. Jet Zero Council members are at the forefront of this work and it’s very exciting to see that some of these technologies are projected to enter the commercial market before the end of the decade.”

“It’s important to recognise that aviation is already on the journey to net zero. Commercial flights are using Sustainable Aviation Fuel right now, which are a key part of aviations sustainable future, alongside the zero-emissions aviation technologies of the future”.

The Jet Zero Council is a partnership between government, industry and academia focused on reducing aviation emissions. More information can be found here.



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