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The United Kingdom Announces An Initiative To Power Airplanes With Garbage

By Aimee Lutkin

Transport minister Jesse Norman announced on Monday that the U.K. will be taking a huge initiative to create low emission vehicles. But not just on the road: they want the sky to be clear and clean as well. In the government press release, it was explained that they will be funding researchers for up to £22 million who are exploring low carbon waste-based fuels for planes and trucks, and all that money will be matched by industry funding.

Airplane manufacturers have a lot to gain from a plane that can fly on renewable fuels, and there are already 70 groups presenting their case for receiving the funding. Clearly, it's a hot topic in the scientific community.

Norman's statement on the matter focuses on the U.K.'s commitment to zero emission cars and how that should be expanding to other sorts of transportation:

"We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally-friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal. We are making funding available to innovative businesses which will lead the way in developing alternative fuels that are efficient, sustainable and clean. We want every new car and van in the UK to be zero emission by 2040, but we know lorries and aeroplanes will rely on more traditional fuels for years to come so we must promote environmentally friendly alternatives."

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