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British Airways sees ‘significant’ role for hydrogen in decarbonising aviation
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British Airways sees ‘significant’ role for hydrogen in decarbonising aviation

British Airways (BA) sees hydrogen-powered 19-seater aircraft becoming cost competitive with its current fossil fuel model from 2027, and hydrogen-powered 72-seater and 180-seater aircraft becoming cost competitive with its current operations from 2030 onwards.

That’s what Carrie Harris, Head of Sustainability at British Airways, told the Westminster Energy Environment & Transport Forum’s Growing the hydrogen market in the UK virtual event today (May 26).

The first UK airline to offset carbon emissions for all its UK domestic flights, BA has also committed to reaching the UK Government’s target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – and Harris said BA sees an opportunity for hydrogen in that.

“So obviously, we’d be looking to apply carbon capture and storage, nature-based carbon removals to mitigate, but ideally what we want to do is decarbonise at source. And so that’s where hydrogen has a significant role to play,” Harris said.

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