Aviation expert group launched for hydrogen planes to take-off

The group has been launched by Grant Shapps and Kwasi Kwarteng to work under the Jet Zero Council

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A new group of aviation experts has formed to turn battery and hydrogen-powered planes into a reality.

The Zero Emission Flight Delivery Group (ZEF) has been launched by the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to accelerate the technology required to push decarbonised aviation forward, as well as any laws that need to be altered to cater for the change.

Sitting under the Jet Zero Council, ZEF will advise on the regulations, infrastructure and technology needed to decarbonise air travel in the UK.

Led by aviation expert Rachel Gardner-Poole, who has 20 years’ military and commercial aviation experience, the group will build on the Aerospace Technology Institute’s FlyZero project.

Grant Shapps said: “We are determined to bring forward the flight technology of the future and through our new ZEF Delivery Group, we will help create thousands of jobs around the country and take another step toward zero emission flights.”

Ms Gardner-Poole added: “It is a great privilege to be asked to be the Chair of the ZEF Delivery Group and I am committed to the critical work ahead to make zero emission aviation a reality.”