Virgin Atlantic Developing Low Carbon fuel

Date: 12 October 2011

Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson's airline, has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by 30 per cent per passenger by 2020.


In order make good on this promise, Virgin Atlantic is developing the world's first low-carbon aviation fuel which it plans to use in its airline from 2014.  The fuel will have half the carbon footprint of ordinary aviation fuel.


Virgin Atlantic is developing the fuel in partnership with LanzaTech, a specialist energy company, and the fuel will be made using waste gases from industrial steel production.  Aviation fuel currently used for commercial airlines is produced from oil.


“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,” says Sir Richard Branson.


According to Sir Richard Branson, “This partnership to produce a next-generation, low-carbon aviation fuel is a major step towards radically reducing our carbon footprint, and we are excited about the savings that this technology could help us achieve.”

The development of the new fuel is one of a number of innovations by Virgin, and if their track record is anything to go by, they are set to succeed in revolutionising aviation with the development of the fuel. In 2008, Virgin launched Virgin Galactic, which provides sub-orbital spaceflights to the paying public.