Cathay adopts fuels made of landfill rubbish

Hong Kong carrier seeks 80% emissions reductions
Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is betting big on biofuels, promising to cut in the amount of climate-changing gases produced by its long-haul flights by 80%.
It will be among the first airlines in the world to switch to cleaner fuel on a large scale – adopting fuels made largely from landfill rubbish.
While the Hong Kong government aims to cut annual carbon emissions per person in half by 2030, Cathay says it will fly between Hong Kong and the United States, where the fuel is being produced, using a 50-50 mix of biofuel and normal fuel by 2019. This, it says, will create the 80% emissions reductions.
“We are on the cusp of large-scale production of low-carbon jet fuel and are eager to use it,” says Jeff Ovens, the airline’s biofuel manager. “These fuels will have a lower carbon footprint than fossil fuels, and the pricing we have is competitive with traditional fuels.”
Using the mixed fuel will also avoid the usual emissions from landfill rubbish of harmful gases like methane into the atmosphere.
South China Morning Post


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