Qantas Airlines Looks At Converting Rubbish To Fuel

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Qantas Airlines is hoping a new rubbish-burning biofuel plant will take off, powering the airline's fleet with greener fuel.

The airline is teaming up with US fuel supplier Solena to explore the idea of building the world's second commercial waste biofuel plant in Sydney, reports The Australian.

The plant would use agricultural and industrial waste products such as food scraps, packaging and grass clipping. No human waste will be used.

If all goes as planned, the move would create 1,200 jobs and reduce the airline's carbon footprint.

Solena has been working with British Airways since last February on a similar project. When completed in 2014, a plant in London is projected to turn 550,000 tons of waste into approximately 20 million gallons of fuel per year. This is enough to fuel 2% of the airline's fleet at Heathrow Airport.

Qantas says the airline spends an estimated $3 billion on jet fuel annually. The airline hopes to produce a business case for the project within the next 12 months.

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