Commercialising Aviation Biofuels


Courtesy of NNFCC

Aviation currently produces 2 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. To tackle this issue the industry has set itself a target to cut emissions by 50 per cent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels.

The production and use of sustainable quantities of aviation biofuels is key to meeting industry's ambitious carbon reduction targets and British Airways (BA) wants to pioneer the move towards more sustainable fuels made from waste.

BA approached NNFCC to help them acheieve their goal of producing renewable electricity and jet fuel from gasified waste at a site near London.

The project is a joint venture between BA and US bioenergy group, Solena, and could eventually convert 500,000 tonnes of waste biomass feedstock into 16 million gallons of jet biofuel, 8 million gallons of BioNaphta and 40 MW of power of renewable electricity.


NNFCC are advising BA on the sustainability implications of their venture and have provided technology support to ensure the project delivers value for money.


  • Sustainability strategy development
  • Technology support
  • Policy and regulatory support


NNFCC delivered a detailed report to BA exploring the potential of the project and highlighting issues which could hinder progress.

BA hope the project will be operational by 2015 and produce at least half of the airline's fuel needs for its London City Airport operations.

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