In what has been described as a “pivotal and historic moment,” sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has been blended into Heathrow Airport’s fuel distribution pipeline network. A sufficient amount of the lower carbon jet fuel was blended with conventional jet fuel to be able to power five to 10 short haul flights.
The SAF is made from vegetable oils, cooking oils and fish fat waste. If used as a complete replacement for conventional fossil fuel jet fuel, it will produce 80 per cent fewer carbon emissions during flight, biofuel producer Neste claims.
The timing of the demonstration project – ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, U.K. later this month – is to highlight SAF’s viability toward making a positive impact on climate change by the aviation industry.
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