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Jet Zero Council keeps up momentum with £3 million funding for zero emission flight infrastructure

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The UK continues its track to deliver the world’s first zero emission flight across the Atlantic within a generation following two progressive announcements by the Transport Secretary.
Launching the first round of the ZEFI competition, delivered by the Connected Places Catapult – the government will award businesses and universities around the UK up to £50,000 (€58,000) each to pioneer critical research into infrastructure.
Part of the Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan, the £3 million (€3.5 million) fund will ramp-up the move towards sustainable flying to support aviation reach net zero by 2050.
This follows on from news that members of the Jet Zero Council, British Airways carried out the world’s first net zero carbon freighter flights powered by a mix of sustainably sourced waste such as cooking oil. This is set to be the first of many flights with BA ordering 1.2 million litres of the fuel.
Offering emissions savings of more than 80% compared to conventional jet fuel, this marks a milestone moment putting UK aviation at the forefront of global decarbonisation efforts and forging the pathway to sustainable commercial flying in the future.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “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.
“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.”
This comes as the Jet Zero Council meets to set out plans to put UK aviation at the heart of the UK’s pandemic recovery – building back better and greener through the uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).