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Cooking oil fuels a plane flying between London and New York

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For the first time, a long-haul commercial flight flew from London to New York on Tuesday, November 29, using 100% sustainable jet fuel, the main components of which are cooking oil and other plant products.

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Esters and fatty acids extracted from used cooking oil account for 88 percent of the fuel used in aviation.

The flight took off from London Heathrow Airport across the Atlantic Ocean to the US state of New York. Airlines rely on sustainable fuels to reduce net emissions rather than using traditional fuels. New options that run on electricity and hydrogen.

British Transport Minister Mark Harper, one of those on board, said: “This aircraft, powered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel, inspires us to explore how we can decarbonise transport now and in the future, reducing emissions by 70% and finding other solutions.”

But even if the idea seems very successful, the cost of producing such a fuel may make manufacturing companies rethink their calculations.

Standard fuel is currently only produced in small quantities because its cost is 3 to 5 times that of conventional jet fuel, so the British government does not want to use it to power aircraft.

By 2025, there are plans to have five commercial stations producing sustainable jet fuel in the UK.

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Nadia Barnett
Nadia Barnett
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