Virgin claims its new jet fuel will have half the carbon footprint of others
"With oil running out, it is important that new fuel solutions are sustainable, and with the steel industry alone able to deliver over 15 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, the potential is very exciting"
- Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Atlantic Airways is planning to capture gases from steel mills, to create a new low-carbon jet fuel.
Virgin plans to begin using the fuel in two to three years, on flights from Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow. A pilot plant is currently producing the fuel in New Zealand, with a larger demonstration plant scheduled to be commissioned in Shanghai later this year, and the first commercial plant to begin operation in China by 2014. After that, if all goes according to plan, additional facilities could be built in the UK and other locations around the world.