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Government launches £15m competition to reduce aviation emissions

Jet Zero, the partnership between the aviation industry and Government, has launched a new £15 million competition to help fund new innovative projects to create greener fuels.

The ‘Green Fuel, Green Skies’ campaign will fund UK companies that are introducing new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said some of these projects can offer emissions reductions of more than 70% compared to conventional jet fuel.

Companies will be able to bid for a share of £15m to kickstart the development of production plants in the UK to produce these fuels at scale.

This comes as the government’s second Jet Zero Council meeting is attended by new chief executive Emma Gilthorpe, chief operating officer at Heathrow Airport.

Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said: “The Jet Zero Council demonstrates the vital collaboration between Government and industry that will make zero-emission flights a reality.

“Britain’s aerospace sector is at the centre of our plans to build back greener from the pandemic. 

”We are committed to supporting its recovery and investing in green tech to take us closer to zero carbon take-off.”

Through the Future Flight Challenge, the Government has committed £125m of funding over four years.

This has been matched by £175m from industry to develop greener ways to fly, such as all-electric aircraft and deliveries by drone, by advancing electric and autonomous flight technologies.

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