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British Airways invests in sustainable fuel

August 20, 2019 / Buying Business Travel

British Airways has made an investment in sustainable fuel, announcing plans to develop Europes first plant to turn household and commercial solid waste into fuel.Altalto Immingham Limited, a subsidiary of renewable fuels company Velocys and a collaboration with BA and Shell, has submitted a planning application to develop a site in Immingham, north east Lincolnshire, close to the Humber Estuary.The plant would be designed to take more than half-a-million tonnes per year of non-recyclable household and commercial solid waste that would normally be sent to landfill or incineration, such as meal packaging, nappies and takeaway coffee cups and convert it into “cleaner burning” aviation fuel, according to BA.Velocys claims the technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent for every tonne of sustainable jet fuel that replaces the equivalent conventional fossil fuel – equivalent to taking up to 40,000 cars off the road.