Utilising forest waste for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

ByForest Machine Magazine

17th November 2023
UK’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry to receive £53 million boost, helping to save 2.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year

UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) industry goes from forest waste to new heights with £53 million boost

Advanced Fuel Fund winning projects will help create up to 10,000 green jobs by 2035 and enhance the economy by around £1.8 billion a year.

Passengers are another step closer to flying without carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions thanks to £53 million of government funding announced today (17 November 2023).

From utilising forest waste to transforming power to liquid fuel, 9 pioneering projects helping to create a brighter, cleaner future have been awarded a share of £53 million in the latest round of the Department for Transport (DfT) Advanced Fuels Fund (AFF).

The full £135 million AFF pot is designed to help companies convert waste materials and by-products – such as household waste like cooking oil and industrial gases – into fuels. It can also help achieve greenhouse gas emissions savings of more than 70% compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.  

Winning projects from both rounds – spanning the length and breadth of the country from the Orkney Islands to the North of England and South Wales – will help create up to 10,000 green jobs by 2035 and boost the economy by around £1.8 billion every year. 

This round’s winning projects include a demo plant converting sawmill and forestry waste and a commercial plant using power-to-liquid technology to convert CO2 and green hydrogen into plane fuel. Together, both projects could create over 70,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel a year.

As a result, the UK could soon have the capability to produce up to 810,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel – enough to fly around the equator of Earth an estimated 3,108 times.


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