Old nappies are to be used – along with other non-recyclable waste such as meal packaging and takeaway coffee cups – to power British Airways planes. The renewable fuels company Velocys plans to build the world’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant in Britain next year in a project backed by Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea football club. The plant, which could be operational by 2022, would produce enough fuel to power the equivalent of all of BA’s 787 flights to and from Baltimore in America for a year, according to Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, BA’s parent company. He said the partnership with Velocys was part of BA’s commitment “to reduce net emissions by 50% by 2050”. Under the scheme, household waste would be heated to high temperatures and chemically broken down to create “syngas”, rather than going to landfill. This would be cleaned and, via chemical reactions, turned into jet fuel and naphtha, another type of fuel.
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