Orange peel, rubbish and fatbergs: the fuels behind ‘the future of green transport’

Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod

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Published: 30 December 2019

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Household waste, unused straw from farmland and old wood will be among the unusual components used by four world-leading UK-based plants to produce green fuels with support from government funding announced today (30 December).

Between 2018 and 2032 low carbon fuels are expected to save nearly 85 million tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to taking nearly 18 million cars off the road. This equates to around a third of transport’s projected  contribution to UK carbon savings during the 2020s. 

‘Whether you’re commuting to work or travelling on a family getaway, we want that journey to be as green and environmentally friendly as possible.

‘This funding will help encourage innovative technology using today’s waste to power tomorrow’s green transport revolution, helping us reach a cleaner and greener future.’

GRANT SHAPPS
Transport Secretary

An advanced fuels industry

Two of the projects announced are being funded under the Government’s £20 million Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C).

KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of £6.5 million to build plants which aim to provide fuel for heavy goods vehicles. The project at KEW will also begin research which could pave the way for low carbon aviation fuel. 

Over the next decade the UK advanced fuels industry is expected to be worth over £400 million and create 9,800 jobs.

‘We made a legally binding commitment to reaching Net Zero. Now we are delivering. The UK is reducing CO2 emissions faster than any other G20 nation. We are doing it by investing in research and development, supporting the uptake of low emission and electrical vehicles, new inner city Clean Air Zones and the world’s first comprehensive Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

‘This global leadership is helping create a 21st century transport network that is better for our environment, our health and our economy: with the potential to deliver high-skilled jobs in the green economy to all corners of the nation.’

GEORGE FREEMAN
Future of Transport Minister

Decarbonisation plans

A further two projects, which are being funded under the £25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC), are also driving towards their final stages of development.

This includes Nova Pangaea Technologies, who will focus on the production of bio-ethanol from wood waste that can be blended with existing petrol used in road transport.

These latest investments build on the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which will set out plans to end the UK’s transport emissions by 2050 and measures to rapidly increase electric vehicle infrastructure.

Click here to read our article that debunks the myths around electric cars.

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