Reaction Engines signs up to Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy Charter

July 20, 2023
Reaction Engines signs up to Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy Charter
Reaction Engines has become one of the first members of the UK’s aerospace industry to sign up to a strategy which will help the UK meet its net zero ambitions.
At the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK, Mark Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Reaction Engines joined industry partners such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, leading universities and the Royal Air Force in signing the Defence Aviation net zero Strategy Charter.The Charter commits the company to the aims of the Defence Aviation net zero Strategy released at the Global Air & Space Chief’s Conference with the foreword being endorsed by Baroness Goldie, Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and spokesperson in the House of Lords on Defence Climate Change & Sustainability.

Building on the Ministry of Defence Climate Change and Sustainability Strategic Approach, this strategy sets out why climate change and sustainability are important to the Defence Aviation sector. It outlines how Defence will contribute to the UK’s Net Zero ambition through five strategic pillars: Rethinking Capability Provision, Improving Efficiency, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Zero Emission Propulsion and Carbon Removals.

Following the Charter signing, Mark Thomas said: “Our continued existence depends on tackling the climate crisis in the most effective and efficient way possible. At Reaction Engines, we are passionate about using our transformative technology to accelerate sustainability improvements in existing aviation systems and to enable new net zero products.”

“We know that we can make a bigger difference as a community, which is why we have come together with the RAF, industry partners and academia in committing to this charter. We are actively engaging to ensure that Defence can deliver on its contribution to the UK’s net zero targets.”

Mark Thomas @ RIAT

Mark Thomas, CEO, Reaction Engines with Air Vice-Marshal Paul Lloyd, Director Support, Royal Air Force

Minister of Defence Procurement, James Cartlidge MP, said: “It is critical that the aviation sector plays its part in delivering the UK’s net zero commitment and the Government is already supporting a variety of technology, fuel, and market-based measures to address aviation emissions.

“For Defence, the need to be ready to fly and fight in the fossil fuel constrained operating environment of 2040 is crucial which is why we are investing in military sustainable aviation interventions.”

Air Vice-Marshal Paul Lloyd, Director Support, Royal Air Force, said: “The challenge to Defence Aviation is to continue to deliver operational output to defend the UK, our interests, and Allies in increasingly volatile conditions, whilst also making our own significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

“This strategy demonstrates our commitment to meet these challenges on a broad front and in a collegiate way, bringing Defence and Industry together to eliminate our carbon footprint.”

Reaction Engines is a leader in sustainable aviation and is resolved to make a difference through our products, our operations and our actions.

For more information, please visit Launch of Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy | Royal Air Force (

Defence Aviation Net Zero Strategy – GOV.UK (