British Airways plans to fly with fuel made of waste

British Airways could soon be flying with sustainable jet fuel made from rubbish. Altalto Immingham Limited has submitted a planning application to develop what is expected to be Europe’s first commercial scale household and commercial solid waste to sustainable fuel plant near Immingham, North East Lincolnshire. Altalto is a subsidary of the British sustainable fuels company Velocys and collaborates with British Airways and Shell as project co-investors.

The plant would take over half a million tonnes each year of non-recyclable landfill waste like meal packaging, takeaway cups or nappies into clean burning sustainable aviation fuel and road fuel. According to Altalto, this would reduce net greenhouse gases by 70 percent, equalling taking up to 40,000 cars per year off the road. The fuel also improves air quality.

British Airways intends to purchase and use the produced jet fuel in its aircraft. Shell intends to purchase both jet and road fuel which then may be blended and sold to Shell’s customers. The construction of the plant would be planned to start in 2021. Commercial volumes of fuels could be available from 2024 onwards.

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