Published On: Mon, Aug 28th, 2017

Passenger planes could soon be powered by recycled RUBBISH under new Government scheme

The Department for Transport is offering £22million funding for UK projects to develop a low-carbon, waste-based fuel for certain transport. 

The move follows grants to encourage ultra-low emission electric vehicles, and plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. 

DfT figures show that aircraft and lorries powered by waste fuels could use up to 90 per cent less carbon than traditional fossil fuels. 

Trials of sustainable jet fuel made from waste materials have already taken place in Europe and North America. 

Around 70 groups have expressed an interest in bidding for the DfT funding. 

Transport minister Jesse Norman said: “We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal. 

“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 UK to be zero-emission by 2040, but we know lorries and aeroplanes will rely on more traditional fuels for years to come, so we must promote environmentally friendly alternatives.”

The DfT claims low-carbon transport fuels made from waste materials could be worth £600 million to the British economy by 2030 and support up to 9,800 new jobs.

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