National airline Qantas Ltd has started plans to build a biofuel plant in Sydney with the assistance of US bioenergy company Solena.

The airline plans to use the plant to burn rubbish in an effort to power the airline’s fleet with greener fuel, reported The Australian.

A Quantas spokesperson told the paper, the airline expects to produce a business case for the plant, which would enable the company to power its fleet with greener fuel, by the end of the year.

The Australian reported the plant is one of the two biofuel projects Qantas is evaluating for the purpose to cut carbon emissions and meet the airline industry guidelines to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5 per cent a year to 2020. The second project involves the using of crops to make biofuel in a sustainable industry for the airline.

Olivia Wirth, the spokesperson for Qantas said, “While we are still in the early stages of the project, the possibilities are exciting.”

It is reported that Qantas has a long-standing interest in biofuels and is a member of the global Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group. Wirth further said, “Qantas is closely involved with other industry stakeholders in a “road map” study into sustainable aviation fuel development in Australia.


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