Research shows potential for SAF in the UK

29 Oct 2020

New research confirms that the UK could lead the world in sustainable aviation fuel production.

A recent review from industry coalition Sustainable Aviation, of which Velocys is a member, has confirmed that the UK could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facilities across the country.

As 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. Sustainable Aviation’s research identifies Humberside, where Altalto will be located, as a key cluster for the development of this new domestic industry. The region could establish itself as the global hub for fuelling future air travel.

Across the UK, the 14 SAF production facilities would have the potential to generate an annual gross added value of £929m, creating 6,500 jobs and saving 3.6 million tonnes of CO2.

The research shows that it is possible to deliver on the Government’s Jet Zero ambition and transform aviation using readily available feedstocks with innovative technology and existing aircraft. The Altalto project on the Humber could fuel this transformation, cutting carbon emissions and creating jobs in the process.

To read Sustainable Aviation’s submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review in full, please see here.