BA to fly using green fuel from rubbish

Hotel News - 22/02/2010

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Following a number of successful biofuel-powered flights worldwide, British Airways (BA) has revealed its plan to use low carbon fuel on running several of its planes starting 2014.

The UK national carrier, together with Solena, is prospecting to construct in London the first sustainable fuel plant in Europe. As part of BA’s long term strategy for 2050 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent, the facility will convert waste materials into jet fuel for use on BA planes.

There are four project sites under consideration for the facility that is to be constructed and operated by the US-based Solena. The plant will employ at least 1,200 workers.

The airline claims that the plant will convert half a million tonnes of waste each year into 16 million gallons of green gas – more than sufficient to make all London-based BA flight carbon neutral. The reduction in greenhouse gas emission is estimated to be the same to taking 48,000 vehicles off the road per year. In addition, the fuel plant will also generate 20MW of electricity per annum.

However, several green groups have expressed worries on BA’s ability to come up with a sustainable solution to the ever-expanding and fast-growing aviation industry. Environmental campaigners are sceptical about the project, saying that automotive biofuel initiatives often end up with higher carbon footprint and with destructive impact to food crops.

Biofuel has gradually grown as an eco-friendly alternative to kerosene-based jet fuel. In the previous years, Air New

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