New research by industry coalition Sustainable Aviation confirms that the UK could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facilities in areas across the country - making it a world leader in clean aviation technology.
The research by energy consultancy E4tech and commissioned by Sustainable Aviation revealed that these facilities could be based in seven clusters - Teesside, Humberside, the north-west of England, south Wales, Southampton, St Fergus and Grangemouth.
These are places with the right feedstocks and infrastructure to turn household, agricultural and industrial waste and renewable electricity into jet fuel.
Through UK production and global exports of technology and expertise, a UK SAF industry could deliver £2.9 billion (€3.2 billion) 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.
Sustainable Aviation has called on the Government to commit to £500 million (€551 million) of funding to support the essential commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuels, including £429 million (€473 million) in Government-backed loan guarantees for the initial first-of-its-kind SAF production facilities, £50m (€55 million) in grants and development support for new SAF technologies, and £21 million (€23 million) to establish a UK clearing house to enable testing and approval.
Adam Morton, chair of Sustainable Aviation, said: “Sustainable aviation fuels will be essential for the global aviation industry in a net zero world, and the UK has a golden opportunity to become a world-leader by commercialising this technology at an early stage.
“There are enormous benefits in terms of jobs and growth across these clusters. By backing SAF in this way, Government can kickstart a green recovery, create high quality and futureproof jobs for thousands of people. All of this can be delivered at the same time as slashing carbon emissions.”
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