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Government announces details of £20m 'Future Fuels for Flight and Freight' competition

Mon 28 August 2017 | Back to news list

The Government has announced details of an advanced fuels competition following the completion of an independent feasibility study to provide information on the development, design, launch and management of the initiative. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced last year that it would make £20m available for a future fuels for flight and freight competition.

The aim of the competition is to reduce emissions from the difficult-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors. The competition will lead to the establishment of advanced fuel production facilities.

The stated aims of the competition are:

  • to increase domestic production of advanced low carbon fuels capable of tackling emissions from the hard-to-decarbonise aviation and HGV sectors in pursuit of long-term UK decarbonisation targets
  • to stimulate investment and create jobs through the development of a prosperous domestic industry

The Government says that funding will help leverage significant private sector investment and support the development of demonstration level advanced fuel production facilities in the UK.

The programme is being managed by Ricardo. Interested applicants can find out more and apply online through the delivery partner's Future Fuels for Flight and Freight website.

The indicative deadline for Stage One applications is December 2017.  The exact date will be announced during the prospective bidder’s event to take place in London on 21 September 2017.  The event agenda, time and venue will be provided shortly and emailed to all stakeholders who have registered an interest in the scheme.

In related news, the European Commission has published a report which undertakes an economic and environmental analysis of the impact of increasing the limits of the bio-content of petrol and diesel imposed by the FQD, and beyond 2020. The report identifies several benefits of higher ethanol blends in petrol, including reducing emissions and boosting car engine performance according to the European Renewable Ethanol Association, ePure.

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