British aviation industry outlines plans for net-zero emissions by 2050

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s aviation industry has set out plans to reach a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, even with the building of a third runway at Heathrow airport which is expected to drive up flight numbers.

Carbon offset projects can include planting trees or helping to fund renewable power projects such as wind or solar in developing countries.

The aviation sector’s plans are in line with Britain’s target to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The aviation sector is currently included in Europe’s Emissions Trading System, with the benchmark carbon contract trading around 23 euros ($25) a tonne.

Andy Jefferson, Programme Director at Sustainable Aviation said the 2050 target for the sector was in line with recommendations made by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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