The Green Fuel, Green Skies Competition has been launched to support UK companies as they pioneer new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Offering emissions savings of more than 70% compared to conventional jet fuel, supported projects are expected to make flying more sustainable while helping to create up to 11,500 jobs over the coming decades.

The key objective is to support the development of the UK SAF sector towards the deployment of innovative SAF production technologies at commercial scale, capable of reducing emissions from the aviation sector in the UK within the near-term.

The total grant funding available is £15 million. There is no minimum or maximum award threshold and no guarantee that the full £15 million will be awarded. Activities related to the development of First-Of-A-Kind (FOAK) commercial SAF plants in the UK will be the primary focus. £2 million has been set aside to support feasibility studies.

Applications are accepted from private sector commercial organisations, with a range of project partners, including SMEs and academic institutions. Applications can be made by a single organisation or via a consortium/partnership with a project lead. The lead must be a UK registered company and the project itself must be located in the UK.