The UK’s Jet Zero Council – a partnership between industry and government – have announced a new £15 million Green Fuels, Green Skies competition in a bid to reduce emissions from air travel.
What is the competition about?
The new competition is aimed to help support companies as they explore how to turn everyday waste products into viable sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). SAFs form a key part of the UK Government’s aviation decarbonisation strategy, offering emission savings of up to 70% compared to conventional aviation fuel.
It’s hoped that the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition, which is part of the UK Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan to pioneer new emission cutting technologies, will also help to create up to 11,500 jobs.
The funding will primarily be awarded to companies that are hoping to develop new production plants in the UK, these plants would help ramp up the supply of SAFs. Supply is one of the biggest concerns when it comes to the rollout of SAFs, given that just 6% of current global jet fuel comes from SAFs.
In its Destination 2050 report, Europe’s aviation sector said that it could be possible to increase this figure to 83%, but that doing so would require “strong political support”. This announcement therefore, is a move in the right direction.
Grant Shapps, the UK’s Transport Secretary said that: “we’re stepping up our work on the Council, recruiting new members and launching pioneering efforts to ensure that we continue to lead the world by example and deliver on our ambitious net-zero targets”.
The UK’s Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, emphasised the importance of government and industry working together to achieve zero-emission flights. Adding that the Government were “investing in green tech to take us closer to zero carbon take-off”.
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