British Airways has formed a partnership with the Solena Group to establish Europe’s first sustainable jet-fuel plant that will be used to power part of its fleet from 2014.
The fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel.
The self-contained plant, likely to be sited in east London, will convert 500,000 tonnes of waste a year into 16 million gallons of green jet fuel. This volume of fuel would be more than twice the amount required to make all of British Airways’ flights at nearby London City Airport ’carbon neutral’.
British Airways has signed a letter of intent to purchase all the fuel produced by the plant, which will be built by the Solena Group, a bio-fuels company based in Washington DC.
Four sites in the east of London are among those under consideration for the construction of the plant. The scheme will lead to the creation of up to 1,200 jobs in the area and could significantly reduce local-authority landfill-tax bills.
Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive, said: ’This unique partnership with Solena will pave the way for realising our ambitious goal of reducing net carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050. We believe it will lead to the production of a real sustainable alternative to jet kerosene.’