BA and Solena to Build UK Jet Biofuel Plant

British Airways (BA) and US firm Solena Group have joined forces to set up the first plant in Europe to produce jet fuel from waste matter.

Subject to usage certification in the UK, the new facility will produce 16 million gallons of fuel using 500,000t of waste each year.

The plant will produce twice the amount of fuel needed to power all its flights from London City Airport, creating up to 1,200 jobs, BA said.

Waste products from the process can be used to power the plant as well as supply 20MW of electricity to the national grid, reports the BBC.

Construction of the plant is expected to start in two years and it is expected to be operational by 2014.

The plant will cut the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, reducing the amount of methane that is produced, which is thought to be a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.