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Bid to turn whisky into fuel wins government backing

Whisky waste will be turned into transport fuel as part of a £25M government boost for green fuel technology.

The Department for Transport awarded three companies funding for projects to turn products that would otherwise be disposed of into biofuels.

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables won £11M to build a plant to make biofuels from Scotch whisky by-products.

Advanced Plasma Power, located in Swindon, will receive the same amount to help develop biofuels from household waste.

And Nova Pangaea Technologies, based in the Tees Valley, will receive £3M to help make biofuels from forestry waste.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “This is a great example of our commitment to innovative transport technology and supporting jobs and growth.

“Biofuels have an important role to play in keeping Britain moving forward in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. This £25M is not only a vital investment in technology that will help secure a greener future but will also support the creation of thousands of jobs.

“Advanced biofuels have the potential to save at least 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent fossil fuel. The three successful bids show how the government is investing in transport and making better, clean journeys.”

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