UK’s First Biofuel Flight Takes Off

July 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

The UK’s first biofuel-powered flight is planned to take off this month at Birmingham airport, operated by Thomson Airways.

The airline has invested a lot of resources in developing sustainable fuel, according to TravelMole, which they say will help the government reach their target of cutting fuel emissions in half by 2015.

Managing director Chris Browne said: “Sustainability is key to this investment. Sustainable biofuels offer us the opportunity to improve our own individual environmental performance as well as contributing to the UK’s carbon reduction target.”

Biofuels are more expensive than regular fuels, however, a price that airlines and passengers will be unwilling to pick up, so Thomson are urging the government to incentivise their use.

“We urge UK and EU governments to use this opportunity to review the legislation and remove the barriers around sustainable biofuels so that other airlines can follow our lead.”

Aviation minister Theresa Villiers said: “I very much welcome Thomson Airways’ announcement and wish them well with this project. The Government believes that sustainable biofuels have a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, particularly in sectors where no other viable low carbon energy source has been identified – as is the case with aviation.

“We want aviation to flourish and grow but we have also been clear that the environmental impacts of flying must be addressed. I welcome the efforts being made by the UK aviation and aerospace industries to drive forward the technological change we need to tackle this challenge effectively.”

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