Logistics UK's response to Jet Zero Strategy

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Speaking on the Jet Zero Strategy published by government today (19 July 2022), Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, Alexandra Herdman, comments: 


“Today’s announcement by government is positive news for the aviation sector. In the view of Logistics UK, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) has the potential to be the leading method for decarbonising aviation and as a result, the business group welcomes the mandate to ensure at least 10% of jet fuel is SAF by 2030.  


“However, availability and costs must be a key consideration. While the news that pioneering SAF projects can now apply to the Advanced Fuels Fund, and government’s ambition for at least five commercial scale SAF plants under construction by 2025 is encouraging, SAF comes at a greater cost than traditional jet fuel. Rising costs are currently placing an unsustainable burden on the logistics industry, therefore Logistics UK is calling on government to introduce incentives for operators to encourage greater uptake of SAF.  


“This latest announcement will provide further clarity for our members, who are focused on reducing their emissions. However, decarbonising the aviation sector is an extremely complex process and it is vital that the Jet Zero Council includes a dedicated air freight representative, given the crucial role air cargo plays within the UK economy.” 


Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.