Boris Johnson has announced up to £300m investment in cleaner flight solutions for people and for goods.
The government will provide £125 million, which will be supported by industry co-investment of up to £175 million to support exciting new technologies including flying urban taxis, electric passenger planes and freight-carrying drones.
The announcement came as prime minister Boris Johnson headed to the G7 Summit in Biarritz to urge greater action to tackle climate change and protect the environment for future generations.
The prime minister said: “From our shopping choices to planning our holidays, we rightly want to make decisions that protect the planet. This £300 million investment will help speed up the development of greener flights, and new ways of delivering the goods we order online.”
As part of the Future of Flight Challenge, delivered by UK Research and Innovation, will see industry initially focus on smaller aircraft and drones to ensure the suitability of the new technologies before developing them for larger passenger aircraft.
The additional £5 million of funding has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Transport secretary Grant Shapps added: “New technologies like electric and autonomous aircraft can help us tackle climate change, making journeys greener and working better for passengers. This funding will support the extraordinary talents of UK industry and academia, and demonstrate our country’s position as a world-leading transport innovator.”