The CEO of Velocys has welcomed new research from Sustainable Aviation about the growth prospects of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the UK.
The organisation announced this week that the country had the potential to be home to about 14 SAF production facilities in the coming years.
The research added that a UK SAF industry could deliver billions of pounds annually to the UK economy, creating 20,200 jobs in SAF production and export services, with UK production saving 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 annually by 2038.
Henrik Wareborn, Velocys CEO, said the new research published by Sustainable Aviation confirmed the incredible potential for the UK to develop a world leading SAF industry with Velocys playing a major role in its inception.
Velocys, in partnership with British Airways and Shell, are developing the UK’s first ever waste-to-jet fuel facility on the banks of the Humber in Immingham, the most advanced project of its kind in the UK.
He said: “As developers of the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant, Velocys’ planned Altalto facility is the most advanced here-and-now example of green aviation technology in the UK.
“Sustainable Aviation’s research identifies Humberside, the location of Altalto, as a key cluster for the development of this new domestic industry – and as such the region has a fantastic opportunity to establish itself as the global hub for fuelling future air travel.
“Today’s research shows that it is possible to deliver on the Government’s Jet Zero ambition and transform aviation using readily available feedstocks, innovative technology and existing aircraft. With Altalto, the Humber could fuel this transformation, cutting carbon and creating jobs in the process.”
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