UK government to give funding on waste-based fuel projects

The British government seeks to fund projects that develop waste-based fuels for jets and lorries.


The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is creating a new green energy source scheme, where £22m of funding will be granted to projects that develop low-carbon, waste-based fuels for lorries and planes.

As there are plans to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, the government is already encouraging the take-up of low-emission electric vehicles. The data from the DfT show that airplanes and lorries could lessen their carbon emission by 90% should they be powered by waste fuels rather than fossil fuels.

Jesse Norman, the UK’s transport minister, said: “We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal. We are making funding available to innovative businesses, which will lead the way in developing alternative fuels that are efficient, sustainable and clean.”

“We want every new car and van in the UK to be zero-emission by 2040, but we know lorries and aeroplanes will rely on more traditional fuels for years to come, so we must promote environmentally friendly alternatives.”

Five new low-carbon fuel plants are planned to be built by the government in 2021. According to the Dft, low-carbon transport fuels made from waste may support up to 9,800 new jobs and could drive the British economy to a £600m value by 2030.

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