Virgin to pioneer new aviation fuel with half the carbon footprint

A new aviation fuel with half the carbon footprint of the equivalent fossil fuel has been developed by Virgin Atlantic Airways with New Zealand biofuels pioneer LanzaTech. Waste gas from […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A new aviation fuel with half the carbon footprint of the equivalent fossil fuel has been developed by Virgin Atlantic Airways with New Zealand biofuels pioneer LanzaTech. Waste gas from steel industry will be captured and converted into the new low carbon jet fuel.

Virgin Atlantic says its could be powering flights on its routes from Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow within two to three years.

Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic said: “With oil running out, it is important that new fuel solutions are sustainable, and with the steel industry alone able to deliver over 15 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, the potential is very exciting.”

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