The Department for Transport (DfT) is offering £22 million of funding for UK projects to develop low-carbon, waste-based fuels for planes and lorries. The move follows grants to encourage the take-up of ultra-low emission electric vehicles, and plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
DfT figures show that aircraft and lorries powered by waste fuels could use up to 90% less carbon than traditional fossil fuels. Trials of sustainable jet fuel made from waste materials have already taken place in Europe and North America. Around 70 groups have expressed an interest in bidding for the DfT funding.
Aviation consultant John Strickland said the proclamation was a positive step for airlines.
He told the Press Association: “Airlines are always looking to improve their environmental credentials and improve fuel efficiency. “This move will be welcomed but widespread adoption would still be some way off in the future.” The DfT claims low-carbon transport fuels made from waste materials could be worth £600million to the British economy by 2030 and support up to 9,800 new jobs.