Electric air force! RAF bases in UK to go net zero by 2040 

It’s the electric air force! RAF aims to his net zero carbon emissions across all its bases by 2040

  • RAF bases set to become carbon-neutral within four years, says Sir Mike Wigston
  • Military base in Leeming, North Yorkshire, chosen as first ‘net zero’ site in the UK
  • Increasing numbers of aircraft to switch to using environmentally-friendly fuel
  • RAF bases will start becoming ‘carbon neutral’ within four years as part of a world-beating plan for the Armed Forces to go green, it emerged last night. 

    RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire has been chosen to be the first ‘net zero’ base with others to follow, revealed the head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston. 

    Meanwhile, increasing numbers of RAF aircraft will switch to more environmentally friendly sources of fuel. 

    Members of the RAF take part in the annual Lord Mayor's Show on November 13

    Members of the RAF take part in the annual Lord Mayor’s Show on November 13

    In the years ahead, cadets will learn to fly in aircraft that use entirely synthetic power sources. 

    Sir Mike explained the trailblazing initiative for the RAF to go carbon neutral by 2040 in a speech at King’s College London last night. 

    He said: ‘Our Armed Forces are responsible for a high level of our government’s emissions, and our air and space activities represent a significant proportion, aviation fuel burn especially. 

    ‘We must tackle how we power our bases and our aircraft. We are pushing with industry for 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel.’ 

    Sir Mike said that RAF aircraft are currently running on a 50:50 blend of sustainable fuel to traditional fuel. 

    He added: ‘On the ground, we are aiming for RAF Leeming in Yorkshire to be the first “net zero” air base by 2025.’