The aviation and aerospace industry are investing in new, more sustainable fuels, new forms of propulsion and more efficient operating procedures.
Governments in the UK and globally are setting targets and introducing policies, incentives and fiscal measures to create the conditions for industry to deliver the required improvements.
And regulators such as us, have a distinct role and responsibility in enabling the achievement of these targets.
This is where our environmental sustainability strategy, which we published in May 2022, comes in.
Our strategy provides our colleagues, stakeholders and those we regulate with clarity on our roles, remit and ambition and sets out how we plan to enable improved environmental performance in the aviation and aerospace systems, by flexing our statutory and regulatory frameworks to maximise impact and by being clear what we can and can’t do.
We will continue to ensure safety, security and consumer protection in the aviation sector, but we also want to be ambitious in the way we prioritise sustainability in our work, across several areas.
For example, we contribute and, where appropriate, lead in the Jet Zero Council, which was set up by government to coordinate the net zero challenge in aviation.
We have also acquired a number of reporting functions: we have a duty to produce a triennial report reviewing the environmental performance of UK aviation, and we are focusing on exploring the feasibility of sharing information with consumers on the environmental impact of their flights, to improve travel choices.
We are also spending more time considering how the environment impacts aviation, not just the other way round - adaptation to climate change, as well as mitigation - and we are planning to contribute to the fourth round of Climate Change Adaptation Reporting, which feeds into the government National Adaptation Plan.
This is all while continuing to ensure safety, security, and consumer protection, and remaining ambitious to pave the way for a sustainable aviation future.
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