Renewable jet fuel being used for first time at Heathrow Aiport

In time for a G7 summit, the UK's largest airport has made the switch to sustainable jet fuel.


FILE PHOTO: An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An aircraft takes off at Heathrow Airport amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
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LONDON (Bywire News) - For the first time ever, Britain's largest airport, Heathrow, plans to use sustainable jet fuel as part of the G7's rich nations summit taking place in the country in just a week.

On Thursday, in a joint statement, Heathrow Airport, Finland-based company Neste, who produced the fuel, and oil trader Vitol said that the fuel is made solely from renewable and sustainable materials, like cooking oil and animal fat.

They added, that by using the new fuel they are cutting greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80%.

Deliveries of the sustainable fuel began on Thursday, with hopes of incorporating it into the main fuel supply at Heathrow airport. 

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, said in a statement, "We are delighted that Heathrow is the first UK major airport to successfully incorporate sustainable aviation fuels," 

"Now is the time for less talk and more action and Ministers should set an escalating mandate to blend SAF (sustainable aviation fuel) into fuel and provide incentives that are stable over 5-10 years to foster investment in production, with a target of 10% by 2030 and at least 50% by 2050.”

Vitol, Heathrow's fuel supplier, is the world's biggest independent trader of oil and looks to increase its supply of sustainable fuel in time for the COP26 climate summit taking place in Glasgow later this year, to cut the emissions of attendees.

(Reporting by Julia Payne and Klaudia Fior; Editing by Mark Potter)

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