The Dernogalizer

February 16, 2010

British Airways Flying Jets on London’s Landfill Waste!?

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 6:43 pm
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This is the UK’s Independent newspaper by Sarah Arnott.  By 2014 British Airways will be using green fuel made from London’s “rubbish”.  I guess that’s what they call it over there.  Article is here, a couple excerpts are below.

British Airways and the US bioenergy company Solena are to establish Europe’s first green jet fuel plant in the East End of London.

When it is up and running in 2014, the factory will turn 500,000 tonnes of landfill waste – including household and industrial rubbish – into 16 million gallons of carbon-neutral aviation fuel every year.

It will produce enough fuel to power all of BA’s flights from nearby City Airport twice over. And with 95 per cent fewer emissions than traditional kerosene, the plan will be equivalent to taking 48,000 cars off the roads.”

“BA’s chief executive, Willie Walsh, believes the scheme will help BA to meet its target to cut 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,” he said yesterday. The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is also behind the plan – which will source as much of its waste material from local rubbish as possible.”

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