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Aviation: Fuels

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 203042, tabled on 30 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to incentivise the take-up of sustainable aviation fuels; what discussions his Department held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this issue; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

7 July 2014

At the European level sustainable aviation fuel is incentivised through generous accounting in the EU Aviation Emission Trading System, although volumes of sustainable fuel are currently very limited. Incentives in the road sector aim to increase the volume of sustainable fuels produced, in particular advanced biofuels, and reduce their cost.

The Government recognises that advanced biofuels offer many benefits including increased greenhouse gas savings, but that there are risks and barriers to entry associated with the production of advanced biofuels. This is why we are making available £25 million of capital funding to leverage private sector capital to construct demonstration-scale advanced biofuel plants in the UK. Many advanced biofuel technologies can be used to produce either road transport fuel or aviation fuel. Therefore, developing these technologies in the road sector will build an industry that can be used to fuel low-carbon aviation in years to come.

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