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Virgin Goes Low-Carb, as Branson Announces Biofuels Breakthrough

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 11, 2011 11:29 AM

Sir Richard Branson today announced that Virgin Atlantic is developing (in partnership with LanzaTech) a low-carbon aviation biofuel within three years. He describes Virgin's latest sustainability investment as a vital "building block" for cleaner aviation:

"We are announcing a world-first, low-carbon aviation fuel with half the carbon footprint of the standard, fossil-fuel alternative. The partnership represents a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that will see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically converted for use as a jet fuel. The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be flared off into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide — so is the next step forward from our previous biofuels work. We anticipate that within two to three years, Virgin Atlantic will use the new fuel on its routes from Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow, as LanzaTech develop facilities in China and India. We also hope that the technology will be retrofitted to UK facilities, as well as other facilities worldwide, enabling us to uplift a significant proportion of low-carbon fuel across the world."

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