MIDDLE EAST: BA to establish waste biomass fuel plant in UK

British Airways has announced that in conjunction with US-based Solena Group it will establish a “sustainable jet-fuel plant” to convert waste biomass to low-carbon fuel in what will be the first such plant in Europe. BA said it plans to power part of its fleet from 2014 but didn’t specify when the plant would be […]


British Airways has announced that in conjunction with US-based Solena Group it will establish a “sustainable jet-fuel plant” to convert waste biomass to low-carbon fuel in what will be the first such plant in Europe. BA said it plans to power part of its fleet from 2014 but didn’t specify when the plant would be operational.

“The new fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel,” BA said.

“The self-contained plant, likely to be sited in east London, will convert 500,000 tonnes of waste per year into 16 million gallons of green jet fuel through a process that offers lifecycle greenhouse gas savings of up to 95 per cent compared to fossil fuel derived jet kerosene.”

It said the volume of fuel produced would be “more than twice the amount required to make all of British Airways’ flights at nearby London City Airport carbon-neutral.”

BA will purchase all fuel produced at the plant, which will be built by Solena at one of four sites currently under consideration.