A pioneering initiative by British Airways, as part of its carbon saving ‘GreenSky’ project, will be to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.
The research and development is being carried out in a purpose built facility in Essex by specialists, Solena Fuels, which should be finished by 2017. The build will create 150 permanent jobs as a result.
The research facility, supported by the airline, is the world’s first, and long term the airline have committed to buying all 50k tonnes of the fuel.
Speaking about the initiative, Chief Executive of BA’s parent company, IAG, Willie Walsh, said “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its ?carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”