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BA Says U.K. Government to Blame for Abandoning £340m Green Fuel Project

British Airways is blaming their government for bringing an alternative jet fuel plan to an end.

A plan to turn over 575,000 tons of trash to jet fuel has been grounded in the United Kingdom, and flag carrier British Airways says they know who to blame. The Guardian reports the airline is blaming the U.K. government for putting an end to the “Green Sky” project.

Under the plan, British Airways would have collected the trash from London and converted it to jet fuel at a former oil refinery. The plan was scheduled to begin in 2017, but spokespeople for the airline claim the project has been stopped due to a lack of support.

“The government needs to support innovative aviation biofuels projects such as this if they are to progress,” Cathy West, spokesperson for British Airways, told The Guardian. “Aviation fuels are not eligible for incentives that road transport fuels receive, making it difficult to build a business case to invest in U.K. aviation fuels projects.”

According to the airline, the fuel harvested from London’s refuse would have been more than enough to fuel all of the airline’s operations from London City Airport (LCY). British Airways flies to 28 destinations from the smaller airport, including John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

In addition, opposition leaders in the British Parliament expressed their disappointment in the lack of support for the “Green Sky” project. The politicians claim the British government has not done enough to support the growth of alternative fuels in the Western European nation.

“The government has questions to answer on why it is not looking to support the industry’s innovative attempts to recycle waste to use as fuel,” Labour Party MP and shadow transport minister Richard Burden told The Guardian. “At a time when the government has delayed a decision on [London Heathrow Airport] and [London Gatwick Airport] partly for environmental reasons, it is ludicrous that the government is not backing the industry’s attempts to deliver cleaner fuels.”

The Green Sky project is the second transportation situation awaiting the British government in 2016. Officials have yet to rule on a plan for airport expansion to alleviate aircraft crowding over London skies.

[Photo: British Airways]

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ChrL January 9, 2016

"would have been more than enough to fuel all of the airline’s operations from London City Airport (LCY). British Airways flies to 28 destinations from the smaller airport, including John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York." I thought the JFK flight stopped at Shannon to refuel due to the steep takeoff angle at LCY? So they are only really fueling it to Shanon not all the way to JFK.