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First winners of Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition announced
First winners of Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition announced

First winners of Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition announced

The government has announced seven projects will receive investment as part of the drive to develop proposals for advanced fuels production plans.

Announced by the Department for Transport (DfT), the seven industry-led developments are the first stage winners of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition, which is a government initiative to reduce carbon emissions.

Launched last April, the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition was set up to encourage investment from the private sector to ultimately drive the development of advanced fuel production facilities in the UK.

The seven projects announced as winners will receive a share of £2 million in order to develop proposals.

Ultimately, the government wants this competition to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels, which will lead to the reduction of emissions in both the aviation and HGV sectors.

At a time when strategies are being put in place by the government and city mayors to clean up the pollution on their streets, this competition can help with the process, by ensuring low carbon fuels are created.

Of the projects that have secured funding, one will explore how to use waste wood in order to produce a synthetic natural gas for HGVs, while another will produce aircraft jet fuel from steel mill waste gases.

Funding ranges from just over £103,000 for one project, with the most awarded for a single proposal standing at £434,000.

The winners of these projects will also be invited to apply for a further £20 million Stage 2 funding that will facilitate construction.

Jesse Norman, Biofuels Minister, said: “We are committed to reducing carbon emissions from transport to tackle climate change and make the sector as sustainable as possible.

“The £22 million funding commitment made through this competition will enable the development of this important set of technologies, paving the way for cleaner growth in the UK

“Supporting projects like these is just part of our work to help ensure the UK transport sector is greener than ever.”

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