A GreenSky project will see British Airways commit to buy all 50,000 tonnes of jet fuel produced at a new processing facility for at least 11 years. The plant, operated by Solena Fuels, is to be built by 2017 on the site of the former Coryton oil refinery, in Thurrock, Essex, England.
The facility will be the world’s first to convert landfill waste into jet fuel, according to a report in The Guardian.
Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive, 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 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.”
Solena Fuels has been developing the project, which will use its patented technology alongside current techniques to convert everyday waste into gas and then into a range of liquid fuels.