Flying planes on plastic fuel

Sept 2019—Airlines know that they are producing an increasing percentage of greenhouse gases. This has put them on the radar. (Initially they were exempted from the Paris Climate Accord.) As other industries green-up and more people travel, they’re in a bit of a bind. But British Airways is pursuing a plan to turn plastic waste into jet fuel.

British Airways has backed plans to build a plant which would transform plastic waste into sustainable fuel.

The airline has teamed up with renewable fuels company Velocys and Shell to submit a planning application to develop the site in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire, close to the Humber Estuary.

If accepted, the initiative would take over half-a-million tonnes each year of non-recyclable everyday household and commercial solid waste destined for landfill or incineration such as meal packaging, nappies and takeaway coffee cups and convert it into cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel.

The technology, built by Velocys, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent for every tonne of sustainable jet fuel that replaces a tonne of conventional fossil fuel – equivalent to taking up to 40,000 cars per year off the road.