A £15 million competition ‘Green Fuels, Green Skies’ was launched last week by the Department for Transport (DfT).

As part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution announced in November 2020, the competition was created in a bid to reduce emissions from the aviation industry. The funds available will support the development of cutting-edge facilities capable of turning every day waste into sustainable aviation fuel.

Companies are able to bid for a share of the £15 million pot to help kickstart the development of UK plants able to create this sustainable fuel type.

With a 70% reduction in emissions, the new fuel will help put flying on a more sustainable path as well as creating up to 11,500 jobs. A step in the right direction for global transport as well as individual travel.

“As the aviation sector emerges out of the pandemic and looks towards recovery over the coming months, we must put our environmental commitments at the centre of everything we do – so not only do we build back better, we also build back greener.

That’s why 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.”

Grant Shapps – Transport Secretary

The Green Fuels, Green Skies competition is open to applications until 31 May 2021. The competition guidance can be found here.

The Green Fuels, Green Skies competition will be administered and managed on behalf of the DfT by the competition delivery partners Ricardo Energy & Environment and E4tech. Those interested in the SAF competition should register their interest by emailing [email protected] to ensure you are kept up to date as the scheme progresses.

Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot