IAG CEO Willie Walsh discusses British Airways’ plan to build the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste to jet fuel

International Airline Group (IAG) (London) CEO Willie Walsh discusses British Airways‘ (London) commitment to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel.

This ground-breaking fuel project is set to revolutionise the production of sustainable aviation fuel. Approximately 575,000 tons of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tons of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s innovative integrated technology.

British Airways has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tons per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry. The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for British Airways to reduce its carbon emissions significantly. The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

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