Policy report

The flight path to net zero

Making the most of nature based carbon offsetting by airlines
Aviation Climate change Climate change adaptation Emission reduction Carbon emissions United Kingdom
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The aviation industry is turning to carbon offsetting in an attempt to reduce its damaging impact on the climate. Through the new CORSIA scheme airlines will be channelling billions of pounds into offset schemes which could provide a huge boost to funding for UK nature restoration.

However, there is currently an issue with the quality of offsets on the market with no guarantee that they will be effective in tackling climate change. And in order to reach net-zero by 2050 at the latest, gross aviation emissions will need to be reduced significantly so they can be met with equivalent carbon removal and storage.

The authors recommend that the government establishes a national ‘office for carbon removal’ to regulate the market and give confidence that carbon removal actually works while demonstrating good practice on offsetting to the rest of the world. 

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