Net zero and the role of the aviation industry

Think tank: Chatham House

Author(s): Dr Daniel Quiggin

November 15, 2023

This report from UK think tank Chatham House looks at how flying less frequently and less far can buy time for decarbonization solutions.

The aviation industry contributes around 1 per cent of UK GDP and provides additional unquantifiable benefits, including aiding the expansion of business investment and enabling people to visit family members who live abroad.

However, there is a significant risk that by 2030 the global carbon budget – to retain a 67 per cent chance of averting more than 1.5°C of global warming – will be exhausted.

The aviation sector remains extremely difficult to decarbonize, with the deployment of supply-side solutions likely to take decades.