UK Moves Towards Aviation Decarbonisation

A collaboration between Nova Pangaea Technologies, LanzaJet and British Airways known as Project Speedbird has managed to secure a total of £9 million from the government’s fuel funds. This helps move the UK closer towards aviation decarbonisation.

NPT, which is a clean technology organisation that is based in Teesside is currently working on the development of advanced biofuels that could be used to create Sustainable Aviation Fuel. NPT has officially been awarded over £7 million for the collaboration with Project Speedbird. Project Speedbird will be great for the economy as it will provide further employment opportunities in the North East of England.

Currently, LanzaJet is the planet’s leading Sustainable Aviation Fuel organisation, creating and developing sustainable fuels to provide our planet with a greener future. They have also received further funding from the UK government of £1.5 million. This funding should further enhance the UK’s position as a world leader in sustainable aviation fuel production, paving the way to the decarbonisation of aviation.

Sustainable aviation fuel will be produced through the use of innovative technology, converting agricultural waste and wood residue into second-hand biofuels, like the likes as ethanol. This ethanol will then be made into sustainable aviation fuel. This will all be done at LanzaJet’s ATJ plant in the US, Georgia. This is the first plant in the world to complete such a production. One of these plants is planned to be built in the UK by 2027. British Airways intends to buy all the sustainable aviation fuel created through Project Speedbird to assist in powering some of its flights.

Project Sppedbird will create over 100 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel each year, reducing carbon emissions by over 200,000 tonnes each year. This is the equivalent of around 25,000 British Airways domestic flights.

By 2028, Project Speedbird will create sustainable aviation fuel at full capacity. This will support the UK’s mandate of reducing the use of at least 10% of SAF fuel by 2030 across all UK flights.

Final Thoughts

Sustainable aviation fuel holds an absolutely vital role in helping to meet the UK’s net zero targets. At the moment, SAF is the only realistic low-carbon solution for long-haul flights. For this reason, it is critical that the UK continue to invest in new SAF technology.

The aviation sector has set vital targets to meet the urgency of climate change issues. The use of SAF is vital for making net zero goals a reality.


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