16 April 2014 at 08.17 GMT
British Airways aims to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in a pioneering carbon-saving initiative.
The carrier is supporting the creation of the world’s first facility in Essex to produce sustainable aviation fuel in conjunction with specialist firm Solena Fuels.
About 575,000 tonnes of waste normally destined for landfill or incineration will be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels.
BA has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes a year of the jet fuel produced as part of the ‘GreenSky’ project.
One thousand construction workers will be hired to build the facility which is due to be completed in 2017, creating up to 150 permanent jobs at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Corringham.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA parent company International Airlines Group, 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.”
Solena Fuels president and chief executive Robert Do said: “We are excited to help British Airways achieve its sustainability goals by providing an innovative solution to produce drop-in jet fuel.
“We anticipate starting construction of the site in approximately 12 months after all the requisite permits and agreements have been obtained.
“We are looking forward to successfully building GreenSky London and partnering with British Airways on additional facilities in the UK.”
Sourced from Travel Weekly