By Maria Church
The UK’s Department of Transportation has announced funding to support the building of four new advanced biofuel plants that will covert household waste, unused straw from farmland, old wood and other biomass feedstocks into transportation fuels.
KEW Projects and Rika Biogas have been awarded a share of £6.5 million to build plants that aim to provide fuel for heavy goods vehicles. KEW will also begin low carbon aviation fuel research with the funding.
Nova Pangaea Technologies is also receiving funding for its production of bio-ethanol from wood waste that can be blended with existing gasoline used in road transport.
According to a government news release, the U.K. advanced fuels industry is expected to be worth over £400 million and create 9,800 jobs over the next decade.
“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,” George Freeman, Future of Transport Minister, said in a news release.
“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,” Freeman said.