UK to get four 'advanced' new biofuel production plants

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The plants will convert substances including household waste and old wood into fuel.

The UK is set to get four new biofuel production plants as part of the government‘s drive towards net zero emissions.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the “world-leading” plants will be built with the aid of government funding, which comes in part from the GBP20 million Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. It is hoped that the new facilities will lead to “greener flights and road freight” by reducing the amount of conventional fuel burned.

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KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of GBP6.5 million to build facilities that aim to provide biofuel for heavy goods vehicles, although the project at KEW will also begin research that could make low-carbon aviation fuel a reality. At the same time, two other projects are being funded under the GBP25 million Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition (ABDC), including Nova Pangaea Technologies, which will use wood waste to create bio-ethanol that can be blended with existing petrol.

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The department estimates that low carbon fuels are expected to save nearly 85 million tonnes of CO2 between 2018 and 2032 – roughly equivalent to taking around 18 million cars off the road.

This reduction also equates to around a third of transport’s projected contribution to UK carbon savings during the 2020s.

And the DfT claims the UK advanced fuels industry is expected to be worth over GBP400 million over the next decade. The sector is also expected to create 9,800 jobs.

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