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Mon, 26 Aug 2019

British Airways Hoping to Buy Sustainable Jet Fuel from New Plant in England

British Airways is one step closer to powering its future fleet with sustainable jet fuel made from rubbish as plans have been submitted to develop Europes first household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuels plant.

Altalto Immingham Limited, a subsidiary of renewable fuels company Velocys and a collaboration with British Airways and Shell, has submitted a planning application to develop a site in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, close to the Humber Estuary.

The proposed plant would take over half-a-million tonnes each year of non-recyclable everyday household and commercial solid waste destined for landfill or incineration such as meal packaging, nappies and takeaway coffee cups and convert it into cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel.

The technology, built by Velocys, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent for every tonne of sustainable jet fuel that replaces a tonne of conventional fossil fuel equivalent to taking up to 40,000 cars per year off the road.

Velocys Oklahoma Plant. Click to enlarge.

British Airways intends to purchase jet fuel produced at the plant for use in its aircraft.

The fuel will also improve air quality with up to 90% reduction in soot from aircraft engine exhausts and almost 100% reduction in sulphur oxides; and the technology offers a lower emissions route to process UK waste than incineration or landfill.

The development is also anticipated to bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, hundreds of jobs during construction and approximately 130 permanent jobs to the region.

Alex Cruz, British Airways Chairman and CEO, said, The submission of the planning application marks a major milestone in this project and we are delighted with the progress being made. Sustainable fuels can be a game changer for aviation which will help power our aircraft for years to come. This development is an important step in the reduction of our carbon emissions and meeting the industry targets of carbon neutral growth from 2020, and a 50% in CO2 reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels. It also brings the UK another step closer to becoming a global leader in sustainable aviation fuels.

British Airways collaboration with Velocys was first announced in September 2017 and is part of the airlines plans to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options and find solutions to help reduce aviation emissions, which contribute two per cent of CO2 emissions globally.

As part of its centenary celebrations, British Airways, in collaboration with Cranfield University, challenged academics from across the UK to develop a sustainable alternative fuel that could power a commercial aircraft on a long-haul flight, carrying up to 300 customers with zero net emissions.

University College of London students were crowned as the winners of its BA 2119: Future of Fuels challenge. The team received 25,000 to develop their idea further and will present at the IATA Alternative Fuels Symposium in New Orleans in November.

IAG will invest a total of $400m on alternative sustainable fuel development over the next 20 years.

Henrik Wareborn, CEO at Velocys, said, Velocys has a solution to decarbonise aviation fuel by converting an unwanted feedstock household and commercial solid waste to create a highly valuable product: sustainable transport fuels. This will cut greenhouse gas emissions from aviation, as well as improving air quality and helping to tackle our waste problem. This is a vital step towards the ultimate goal of living in a net zero carbon world by the middle of the century.

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