Household waste and sewage to be used in jet fuel production as UK Government makes world-leading sustainable aviation fuel commitments
Net zero aviation becomes one step closer today (23rd July) as eight companies have been shortlisted to receive a share of £15 million to develop first-of-a-kind production plants across the UK that will turn waste into jet fuel.
Announced as part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, the Green Fuels,
Shortlisted proposals include plants aiming to produce jet fuel from:
- carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere with hydrogen from water;
- alcohol derived from wastes, including flue gases from industry;
- everyday household and commercial black bag rubbish;
Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and this announcement comes as the Government sets out its long-term ambition to lead the world in SAF uptake, with proposals for up to 10% SAF by 2030 and up to 75% SAF by 2050- generating potential savings of up to 23 megatons of CO2 per year in 2050, equivalent to half a million return flights to Tenerife.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
“Aviation will be central to our future growth and plans to build back greener from the pandemic, which is why we have invested over £20 million in the past year to decarbonise the sector in line with our world-leading net zero targets.
“With 100 days to go until COP26, we’re ramping up our efforts even further to help companies break ground on trailblazing waste to jet fuel plants and put the UK at the forefront of international SAF production.”
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