Emma Gilthorpe
Emma Gilthorpe
COO, Heathrow Airport and CEO

Jet Zero Council

United Kingdom

Emma Gilthorpe: Biography Emma was appointed CEO of the UK’s Jet Zero Council in March 2021, by the Secretaries of State for Transport and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The Jet Zero Council is the only forum in the UK that brings together all aspects of the aviation value chain and Government. The Council, made up of over 50 leaders across aviation, aerospace, Government and academia, has an absolute focus on decarbonising aviation in line with the UK’s commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. The council aims to achieve transatlantic flight within a generation, without harm to the environment. It will look to do this through two 2 primary strategies – zero emission flight in the longer term and Sustainable Aviation Fuel production and use in the shorter term – both underpinned by a 2-year roadmap. Emma also has an executive role as Chief Operating Officer for Heathrow, where she has worked since 2009, leading a variety of teams across Strategy, Regulation, Planning, Sustainability and Capital Project delivery. Amongst other things, she led the strategy that underpinned Heathrow 2.0: a plan for sustainable growth, which fundamentally repositioned the airport’s environmental and sustainability ambition.

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Breaking the cost curve for new tech and energy sources Developing a supportive regulatory framework and measures to stimulate demand from corporate and private customers Creating innovative ways to finance the transition

Emma Gilthorpe
COO, Heathrow Airport and CEO, Jet Zero Council