16 Apr 2018

Sustainable Aviation today welcomes the enacting of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) giving a boost to the creation of a new sustainable aviation fuels sector in the UK.

Neil Robinson, Chair of Sustainable Aviation said: “The Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation provides certainty for the development of advanced, low carbon, sustainable aviation fuels in the UK. Providing aviation with the same economic incentives given to road vehicles is long overdue. 

Sustainable Aviation members are already working to develop new fuel supply chains based on sustainable, waste-based feedstocks that can achieve carbon emission reductions of at least 60% compared with traditional fossil fuels. As a sector this could also support 4,400 jobs and up to £265m for the UK economy every year by 2030.

We urge the Government to continue to work with industry as it develops its Aviation Strategy to ensure the UK can be a world leader in the development of sustainable aviation fuels and maximise the benefits of these exciting new approaches.

Notes to editors

  • Sustainable Aviation is a coalition of UK airlines, airports, aerospace manufacturers and the air traffic service provider, which works to deliver cleaner, quieter, smarter flying.
  • Independent research conducted for Sustainable Aviation indicates that a domestic industry for the production of sustainable aviation fuels could provide between five and 12 sustainable fuel plants throughout the UK, generating a Gross Value Added (GVA) of up to £265 million a year by 2030 and support up 4,400 jobs.
  • Sustainable fuels will also qualify under the new global CORSIA scheme and means that there will be a growing international market for sustainable fuels. CORSIA is a breakthrough achievement agreed by 191 countries through complex political negotiations.