New scheme could see planes powered by waste

Propeller1Passengers could soon travel on planes that are powered by rubbish, thanks to a new government scheme that aims to reduce the use of traditional fossil fuels.

Around £22 million of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) will be used to develop low-carbon ‘waste-based’ fuels for aircraft to use.

Trials for sustainable jet fuel have already taken place in a number of locations, including North America and Europe, as the travel industry tries to find environmentally friendly alternatives to fossil fuels.

Around 70 groups have expressed interest in receiving funding from the DfT to try and develop fuel substitutes that are efficient, sustainable and clean.

The new fuels are chemically similar to conventional fuels and have the potential to be used in existing aircraft without requiring any engine modifications.

If implemented, planes could potentially use up to 90% less carbon then they would running on traditional fossil fuel.

By using alternative fuels, it is estimated that around £600 million could be added to the British economy in the next decade.

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

The DfT are eager for every new van and car in the UK to be zero-emission by 2040, but aircraft and lorries are more reliant on traditional fuels as they are too heavy for electric power, so alternatives are a must.

It is hoped that the funding from the Government will result in five new low-carbon fuels plants being developed by 2021.

All projects aimed at producing low-carbon waste-based fuels that can be used in larger vehicles and aircraft are eligible to receive funding through the scheme, while the successful development of a new fuel could also lead to a reduction in flight costs.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 30 August 2017

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