UK stimulates development of eight Sustainable Aviation Fuels projects though the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition

Eight industry-led projects have been shortlisted to receive a share of £15 million funding available under the Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition for the development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) production plants in the UK. This competition was launched by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) in conjunction with delivery partners E4tech and Ricardo Energy & Environment as part of a drive to develop a SAF industry in the UK.

Shortlisted proposals include projects aiming to produce jet fuel from household and commercial black bag rubbish, waste wood, sewage sludge, steel mill waste gases or carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere. All selected projects have a clear potential to produce SAF that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70% on a lifecycle basis when replacing conventional fossil jet fuel.

These projects are currently in the “Front End Engineering Design (FEED)”, “Pre-FEED” and “Feasibility Study” stages of a project’s development life cycle. Funding will be provided for activities that occur during the 2021/22 financial year.

As delivery partners, E4tech and Ricardo Energy & Environment have been responsible for designing the competition and running the assessment process. E4tech advised DfT on aspects relating to SAF production technologies and their commercialisation, feedstocks and GHG emissions, and shaped the competition eligibility and assessment criteria.

This competition follows on from a feasibility study by E4tech and Ricardo Energy & Environment to assess the viability of a grant funded competition and the types of funding mechanisms which could help support commercial SAF plant deployment in the UK. This follows similar work for previous DfT competitions to catalyse the deployment of advanced biofuels in the UK – the Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC) and the Future Fuels for Freight and Flight (F4C) Competition.

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