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Policy change drives jet fuel initiative

A renewables company is partnering with British Airways and Suez to consider developing a commercial scale plant in the UK to produce jet fuel from waste.

Velocys says it will lead an initial feasibility stage of the project, paid for by all members of the partnership, ahead of a final investment decision in 2019.

Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) published by the Department for Transport provide the required commercial platform for waste-to-jet fuel plants in the UK because, for the first time, jet fuel qualifies for credits under the RTFO.

Such plants would process residual waste and convert it into jet fuel expected to deliver more than 60% greenhouse gas reduction and 90% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared with conventional jet fuel.

David Pummell, chief executive of Velocys, said: “Our strategy remains highly focused on exploiting the large US market for cellulosic renewable fuels. Alongside the excellent progress we are making there, we believe that the recently announced RTFO changes will allow the UK to become a world leader in sustainable jet fuel.

“We are very pleased to be working with world-class partners to help execute the vision of a repeatable series of plants, offering a commercially attractive route to a highly desirable product for an industry that now demands significant greenhouse gas reduction solutions.”

The Foy Group, an Australian recycling firm wanting to change plastic into fuel, is hoping to build a reprocessing facility in Flintshire, it is reported by the Daily Post.

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