Kristine Lofgren

British Airways Plans to Use London's Garbage for Jet Fuel

by , 05/08/14

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The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet fuel! That not only means that the next British Airways flight you take could be powered by London’s waste, but the move could also save a little bit of room in the landfill. The company has announced that a production plant run by Solena Fuels outside of London is set to start churning out renewable fuel with over $500 million worth of garbage for the British Airways fleet.

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Trash-made fuel is actually cheaper than jet fuel, and since the city is already paying the landfill, London will simply pay Solena to take some of the trash for British Airways instead. The free supply works out well for the company since the infrastructure is already in place to move the trash to the production facility and they don’t have to pay anything for the raw material to make the fuel.

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Trash that has already been sorted out for recycling will be converted into jet fuel using two technologies; the set up should be ready to go by 2015. The plan is all part of British Airways’ pledge to reduce emissions 50 percent by 2050, and though the initial trash fuel use will only come to 2 percent of the company’s total fuel use, the company plans to slowly increase the amount that it uses.

When all is said and done, even if we used every bit of trash in the world to create jet fuel, you would only be able to supply maybe a quarter of the fuel needs, but the reduction in emissions alone is worth the effort. And if we ever get so efficient that all of our trash is recycled before it hits the landfill so there isn’t any left for jet fuel, we’d consider that a pretty great problem to have.

Via Co.Exist

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