Birmingham Airport to introduce zero emission flights in partnership with ZeroAvia

Birmingham Airport has announced a partnership with ZeroAvia for the introduction of zero-emission, hydrogen-powered air travel.

The companies have entered into a long-term partnership to make on-airfield hydrogen refuelling and regular domestic passenger flights of zero-emission aircraft a reality in the coming years.

ZeroAvia is currently working on developing a zero-emission system capable of flying 20-seat aircraft 300 nautical miles by 2025. This opens up the possibility of green air travel from Birmingham to destinations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast, Isle of Man and Dublin by the middle of this decade.

In addition, with the aim of making zero-emission travel to Mediterranean holiday destinations a reality, ZeroAvia will get an emissions-free 80-seat aircraft flying up to 1,000 nautical miles by 2027. For Birmingham, the partnership with ZeroAvia will enable it to become a net-zero-carbon airport by 2033, as outlined in its ‘carbon roadmap’ published in 2022. The airport plans to use an area on its airfield for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, testing and operations.

‘Birmingham Airport can be a central hub in a green flight network in the UK, given that any domestic mainland destination will be reachable from the airport using our first systems in 2025,’ said Arnab Chatterjee, VP, Infrastructure, ZeroAvia.

‘Given the commitments of the Jet Zero Strategy on domestic aviation, it is fantastic to engage with forward-thinking airports that want to be early innovators and developers to deliver the vision of bringing truly clean, quiet and pollution-free flights to the UK.’

Simon Richards, Chief Finance & Sustainability Officer at BHX, said: ‘We are thrilled to partner with ZeroAvia on creating solutions to the main challenge of our generation – protecting the future of our planet. We could, quite conceivably, see the first hydrogen-powered domestic passenger flight taking off from BHX in the UK in the next few years. That’s mind-blowing.’

ZeroAvia provides zero-emission technologies including hydrogen-electric engines for aircraft, with a prototype successfully test-flown at its base in Kemble, Gloucestershire, in January. Hydrogen-electric engines use hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity, which is then used to power electric motors to turn the aircraft’s propellers. The only emission is water.

Eco Caravan Launched in UK for Sustainable Travel

A new green caravan is now in the offing, deigned to appeal to fans of portable holiday homes that are also keen on sustainable caravan travel.

Park Resorts, a UK-based company that offers caravan holidays and caravan ownership around the UK coastline, is partnering with ABI, a caravan manufacturer, to introduce the ABI Pure range of environmentally friendly caravan holiday homes in the UK.

The new ABI Pure range of caravans are claimed to be better insulated to prevent energy loss, offer dual flush in bathroom cisterns for lower water consumption, as well as having controlled double glazing and central heating for sustainable energy use. The ABI Pure also claims to offer energy saving features such as energy-efficient bulbs, which use less power than conventional light sources.

Michael Clark, the sales and operations director at Park Resorts, said, ‘No other operator is currently offering the ABI Pure and we have 40 on order, enabling us to offer our customers the opportunity to buy this unique eco caravan.

We are constantly looking at ways of offering our customers greener options and the ABI Pure gives owners that flexibility. At Park Resorts, we feel that we have a responsibility to care for the planet.’

The company is offering complimentary transportation and connection to an existing static caravan, if the owner would like to move to any of the Park Resorts areas from elsewhere.

The resort properties owned by the company are located at 39 destinations in Essex, Yorkshire, Kent, Sussex and Scotland.