The UK Government has offered £22m in funding to support the development of low carbon waste-based fuels for aircraft.

The new scheme has been launched to enable aircraft departing from UK airports to use clean alternative fuels made from waste materials that will be sent to landfill.

As they are chemically similar to conventional fuels, the new low-carbon fuels can be easily used in existing aircraft without requiring engine upgrades or modifications.

The fuels could help create up to 9,800 new job opportunities in the country and be worth £600m each year to the UK economy by 2030.

"We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal."

The funding will be used to build up to five new low-carbon fuel plants by 2021, and will be awarded to projects that aim to generate low-carbon, waste-based fuels.

UK Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: “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.”

Waste-based fuels will also allow the aircraft to use up to 90% less carbon than fossil fuels.

Trials of these sustainable jet fuels have already been conducted in Europe and North America.