BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

BA jets to fly on biofuel by 2014

British Airways will fly all its jets on biofuel made from London’s rubbish by 2014, the airline revealed this week.

Together with US bio-energy company Solena, the airline is planning to open Europe’s first jet fuel plant, which will convert domestic and industrial rubbish destined for landfill sites into a carbon-neutral energy source.

The plant, which will be built in the East End of London, is expected to turn up to 500,000 tonnes of waste into 16 million gallons of green aviation fluid every year; enough to power all BA flights from City Airport twice over, with enough left over to power 20 megawatts of electricity.

Although this will not be the first time an airline has run their flights on green fuel (rival airline Virgin Atlantic operated their first commercial bio-flight in 2008) the Solena plant will offer an even greener alternative, and will make biofuel that can be used by itself, rather than having to be mixed with other jet fuels like previous green alternatives.

The new biofuel is thought to be a major advancement in the development of green and sustainable long-haul travel, and could cut carbon emissions on BA flights by 95 per cent. What’s more, methane emissions, which are thought to be more potent than carbon, will be significantly marginalised thanks to a reduction in the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites.

Construction work will begin on the Solena plant within two years.

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