The Green Fuels, Green Skies competition, was launched today by the Department for Transport (DfT) and delivery partners E4tech and Ricardo Energy & Environment. The competition will provide up to £15 million in grant funding to UK Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) projects during the 2021/22 financial year, as part of a drive to develop a SAF industry in the UK. It will support the early-stage development of UK SAF plants, referred to as the “Front End Engineering Design (FEED)”, “Pre-FEED” and “Feasibility Study” stages of a project’s development life cycle.
The Bioenergy for Sustainable local energy services and Energy Access in Africa (BSEAA) programme, a constituent programme of the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s (FCDO)Transforming Energy Access (TEA) programme invites you to two webinars on
1. “Prospects for commercial biomass gasification in Sub-Saharan Africa”
3rd February 2021, 11.00 – 12:00 (GMT)
2. “Prospects for bioenergy development in seven market sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa: Preliminary findings”
10th February 2021,11.00 – 12.30 (GMT).
The FLITE consortium, led by SkyNRG and with LanzaTech as the technology provider, will build the first-of-its-kind LanzaJetTM Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility. The facility will convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at a scale of over 30,000 tons/yr. The project received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme and is a major milestone on the path to a net zero emission for the aviation industry. Sustainable aviation fuel is critical to reduce emissions from the aviation sector in the coming decades.
Industrial decarbonisation is rising on the agenda. In 2019, the campaign ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C: Our Only Future’ was set up, calling for businesses to set science-based emissions reduction targets. The goal is to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and limit global temperature increase to within 1.5°C. By November 2020, 323 companies had pledged a net-zero carbon commitment.
The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) space is evolving rapidly with many technologies and players, but there are still barriers to overcome. A SAF funding competition comprising mechanisms tailored to the needs of the industry could help attract early stage SAF plants to the UK benefiting both a sustainable aviation industry and the UK economy. Renewable fuels of biological (i.e. biofuels) and non-biological origin (i.e. e-fuels), as well as recycled carbon fuels, will be an important part of the overall decarbonisation of transport.