UK government announce £3m funding for SAF infrastructure development

The Jet Zero Council have put aviation at the centre of rebuilding a greener sector post-pandemic 

The UK government has announced that £3m of funding is set to go towards zero emission flight infrastructure, as the country begins to introduce further net zero carbon freighter flights after British Airways’ initial take-off last month.  

Businesses and universities across the UK could be awarded up to £50,000 each to contribute to the research – including charging points and hydrogen fuelling tanks – that will enable the implementation of electric and sustainably run aircraft.  

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“As the first major economy to commit to net zero by 2050, we’ve gone further than any country in the world to slash our aviation emissions - providing leadership, funding and the framework needed to lead the charge,” said Grant Shapps, transport secretary.  

“Now is the time for organisations and companies to take advantage of the opportunities we have provided to harness the economic and environmental benefits building back better and greener has to offer.” 

British Airways recently orchestrated the world’s first net zero carbon freighter flights which were powered by a range of sustainability sourced waste, including cooking oil.  

The news of the funding comes after the third Jet Zero Council meeting, where plans were discussed to put UK aviation at the forefront of the UK’s pandemic recovery. Building a greener uptake through the use of sustainable fuels and the development of carbon efficient aircraft.