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Government announces Jet Zero Council and confirms support for Velocys waste-to-jet-fuel project

Grant Shapps made the announcement
Grant Shapps made the announcement
The sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has welcomed the announcement from UK Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, on the formation of a new Jet Zero Council.
Shapps used his appearance at the daily coronavirus press conference last week to announce the moves, which he said would support the government's vision of a “greener transport future”.
During his announcement at the daily COVID-19 briefing, the Secretary of State referenced Velocys’ Altalto waste-to-jet-fuel project, stating: “Our goal - within a generation - will be to demonstrate flight across the Atlantic, without harm to the environment.
“And today we’re backing a company called Velocys who are building a plant for aviation biofuels in Lincolnshire.”
Building on the recent confirmation the government is to invest £2bn in new active transport infrastructure, Shapps said the challenge was “to make transport - currently our biggest emitter of greenhouse gases - part of the solution, not the problem”.
Responding, Henrik Wareborn, Velocys CEO, added: “The announcement on the formation of a Jet Zero Council shows that a new era of net zero carbon flying is on a credible path, at a time when we need it more than ever.
“This follows news earlier that our Altalto waste-to-jet fuel facility – the first of its kind in the UK – has received additional funding from Government and formally received planning permission, meaning it could be producing sustainable aviation fuel in commercial scale by the middle of this decade.”
Grant Shapps made the announcement