A step towards sustainability for British Airways. Over the last few years, airlines have been doing their best to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The world is going towards a net-zero emissions target, and although aviation is not the biggest polluter, the reality is that planes contribute to the world’s carbon emissions. So, for the industry to be sustainable in the future, it needs to make changes and become more sustainable and environmentally friendly today. British Airways is doing just that!
British Airways signed a contract with Phillips 66 Limited
Phillips 66 Limited is an American company with operations in the UK. British Airways has signed a contract with the company for the supply of SAF to its aircraft. According to a Press release published by the airline in March, British Airways will be the first airline in the world to operate flights powered by SAF produced in a commercial scale in the UK.
British Airways says it is an important milestone for the airline, as it is an important step towards its net-zero emissions target by 2050. The article also says that the SAF that British Airways bought is enough to reduce lifecycle emissions by almost 100,000 tonnes. It is enough to power 700 net-zero emissions flights between London and New York. These flights will be operated by its fuel-efficient Being 787.
From your frying pan into the engine!
The most amazing part of it all is that this fuel helps solve two problems at the same time. It is produced from waste, from waste gases, crop and forestry residues, and commercial and domestic waste, such as your used cooking oil. The final product can be utilised by modern aircraft and reduces carbon emissions by over 80%, compared to traditional jet fuel. So, in the end, it not only helps reduce carbon emissions, but it also helps reduce waste, by transforming it into a sustainable, green product that will help this industry help the environment.