Household waste and sewage to be used in jet fuel production

Household waste and sewage to be used in jet fuel production

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be produced across the UK including Tees Valley, Ellesmere Port and Lincolnshire

Net zero aviation becomes one step closer today (23 July 2021) as 8 companies have been shortlisted to receive a share of £15 million to develop first-of-a-kind production plants across the UK that will turn waste into jet fuel.

Announced as part of the ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition will support these companies as they pioneer new technologies, converting materials such as household waste, alcohol, carbon from the atmosphere and sewage into jet fuel at commercial scales, offering emissions savings of more than 70% compared to the use of conventional fossil jet fuel.

Shortlisted proposals include plants aiming to produce jet fuel from:

  • carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere with hydrogen from water
  • alcohol derived from wastes, including flue gases from industry
  • everyday household and commercial black bag rubbish
  • sewage

Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and this announcement comes as the government sets out its long-term ambition to lead the world in SAF uptake, with proposals for up to 10% SAF by 2030 and up to 75% SAF by 2050 – generating potential savings of up to 23 megatons of CO2 per year in 2050, equivalent to half a million return flights to Tenerife.