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Plans for a UK waste-to-jet-fuel plant preparing for take off

Posted on 18/09/2017

Firms unite to convert household waste to sustainable jet fuels

British Airways has announced a partnership with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to design a series of waste plants that convert household waste into renewable jet fuel to power its fleet. BA says it is part of the airline’s plans to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options.

The first plant will take hundreds of thousands of tonnes of household waste per year, destined for landfill or incineration, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable fuels. This will contribute to the airline’s commitment to reduce net emissions by 50 per cent by 2050.

As well as helping the airline industry reduce its carbon emissions, the airline says this initiative will also significantly reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. The UK still sends more than 15 million tonnes of waste per year to landfill sites, which not only damages our natural environment but also releases further greenhouse gases affecting climate change.

Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive, said: “Sustainable fuels will play an increasingly critical role in global aviation, and we are preparing for that future.

“Turning household waste into jet fuel is an amazing innovation that produces clean fuel while reducing landfill.”

During the past week the Department for Transport has published changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO), and for the first time, sustainable jet fuel will be included in its incentive scheme. These changes to the RTFO are designed to promote sustainable aviation. Once implemented, they are expected to provide long-term policy support for this market.

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