British Airways commits to green jet fuel

Plant to transform household waste into jet fuel

As part of a project to transform household rubbish into jet fuel, British Airways says it is committing to buying 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made from converted waste.

The delayed GreenSky project is finally moving forward with the announcement that a location has been found for the fuel plant, in Thurrock, Essex, in the UK.

BA will commit to purchasing all 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel made at the facility for at least 11 years. Operated by Solena Fuels, the plant will be constructed by 2017 on the site of a former oil refinery.

“We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry,” Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA parent IAG, said.

“The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

The Guardian