British Airways plans turning trash into biofuel for its jets

Published on : Tuesday, September 19, 2017

british-airwaysBritish Airways has declared that it is planning to establish a series of waste plants with a potential to transform regular household waste into jet fuel for powering its fleet.


This plan is currently being assessed in coordination with renewable fuels company Velocys that is a part of a program that is designed to cut fleet-wide emissions in half by the year 2050.


This airline said that its very first waste-recycling plant would be taking ‘hundreds of tonnes of household waste’ every year thereby saving it from landfill and converting it into clean burning renewable fuel. This waste would also be comprising diapers, plastic food containers and chocolate bar wrappers.


It is estimated that the product, or the fuel produced would be capable of delivering greenhouse gas savings of nearly 60% as compared to the current fossil fuels, for an annual reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide of about 60,000 tonnes.


When up and running, this plant is expected to pump enough fuel to power every single British Airways 787 Dreamliner flight travelling from London to San Jose and London to New Orleans.


The company states that it would be the first plant of its size.


Last week the British Department for Transport had published a set of alterations to its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation. These changes imply that sustainable jet fuel is now eligible for incentives in an effort to promote cleaner aviation.


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