BA to Switch to Sustainable Fuel for its Transatlantic Flights by 2022

Summary

  • British Airways has joined hands with LanzaJet to produce sustainable fuel for its fleet.
  • The fuel produced by LanzaJet will help BA to reduce carbon emissions by 70%.

The International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (LON: IAG) owned British Airways has said it will start using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to operate its transatlantic flights by next year in a bid to lower its carbon footprint.

The airline company said it would partner with LanzaJet to produce sustainable aviation fuel. In return, BA will be investing in the new US plant, Freedom Pines Fuels facility, which LanzaJet is setting up in Georgia. The plant will manufacture fuel from ethanol extracted from agricultural and other residual waste. However, none of the companies disclosed the financial details of the deal.

The airline company has projected that the use of sustainable fuel would lead to 70 per cent lower carbon emissions as compared to conventional jet fuel.

Though only a small percentage of BA’s fuel requirement is likely to be fulfilled initially, BA expects the fuel will be available as soon as next year to power its flights. Sean Doyle, the CEO, LanzaJet, said that the company hopes to deploy the technology and increase fuel production capacity in the UK after the Georgia plant. He, however, said they would need the government’s support to drive its decarbonisation mission.

                           

                                                                     

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Established in 2020 by its parent company Illinois-based LanzaTech Inc., LanzaJet planned to develop four large-scale plants for the production of sustainable jet fuel and renewable diesel with investments from Suncor Energy Inc. of Canada and Mitsui & Co. of Japan.

Both LanzaTech and BA are a part of the Jet Zero Council, which was launched in 2020 PM Johnson with an aim to build a zero-emission long-haul jet.

Investment Plans

IAG has revealed that it plans to invest almost £400 million in the development of SAF over the next 20 years as part of its pledge to decarbonise and to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. The company said it would also be investigating building a refinery with LanzaTech in the UK.

British Airways has even tied up with Velocys for developing a sustainable fuel plant in the UK, which is estimated, to begin with, the production of jet fuel from 2025.

Reducing carbon emissions

BA’s move to invest in LanzaJet came just after KLM Royal Dutch airlines, a Netherland-based commercial airline company, declared in January that it would operate commercial flights from Amsterdam to Madrid using sustainable synthetic kerosene.

The KLM aircraft said it would use a mix of regular fuel and 500 litres of synthetic kerosene produced by Royal Dutch Shell PLC (LON: RDSA) with carbon dioxide, water and renewable energy sources to fuel its aircraft.

Pieter Elbers, the head of KLM’s Dutch arm, said that the use of sustainable fuel in its new fleets would potentially help it reduce its carbon emissions. The transitioning from fossil fuel to durable alternatives is one of the biggest challenges that the airline industry faces, he added.

 

 

The International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (LON: IAG) owned British Airways has said it will start using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to operate its transatlantic flights by next year in a bid to lower its carbon footprint.

The airline company said it would partner with LanzaJet to produce sustainable aviation fuel. In return, BA will be investing in the new US plant, Freedom Pines Fuels facility, which LanzaJet is setting up in Georgia. The plant will manufacture fuel from ethanol extracted from agricultural and other residual waste. However, none of the companies disclosed the financial details of the deal.

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