UK government opens competition to develop waste-based fuels

By Erin Voegele | September 07, 2017

The U.K. government is offering funding to support the development of waste-based fuels for planes and trucks through its Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Completion (F4C).

According to the U.K. Department for Transport, the competition aims to see British experts conduct pioneering research into the production of sustainable jet fuel from waste materials. The department said it has already had interest from more than 70 groups in bidding for the funding.

“We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally-friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal,” said U.K. Transport Minister Jesse Norman. “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 U.K. to be zero emission by 2040, but we know lorries and airplanes will rely on more traditional fuels for years to come so we must promote environmentally friendly alternatives.”

The Department for Transport indicated the program’s £22 million ($28.82 million) fund could help the country develop up to five new low-carbon fuel plants by 2021.

The F4C will operate in two stages. The first stage is project development, with the second stage capital funding. Stage one applications are due in December. Applicants must pass stage one in order to be eligible to apply for stage two funding. Stage two applications are expected to be due next summer.

Additional information is available on the competition website