Investment triumvirate announces feasibility study on bio-jet fuel
Brisbane Airport, Virgin Australia and fuel company SkyNRG are teaming up to look into the possibility of creating Australia’s first bio-port facility, which would allow aircraft to refuel with sustainable fuel.
Their memorandum of understanding heralds the beginning of a 12-month feasibility study set to analyze local resource availability and infrastructure in order to establish whether the provision of bio-jet fuel is a possibility in the future.
Manufactured from agricultural products such as soy or rapeseed, bio-jet fuel, often referred to as biodiesel, is the most common means by which airlines are reducing their carbon footprint. Widely used for a number of years now as an alternative to the carbon-based form, Brisbane’s refueling facility would be the first of its kind outside Europe were it to get the go-ahead.
The move is the latest in Virgin Australia’s dynamic activity to reduce carbon emissions throughout its fleet. Chief Operating Officer, Sean Donohue, outlined the breadth of their ambitions as being committed to working on the development of a local and sustainable production of bio-jet fuel in order to reach Virgin’s goal of using 5% renewable fuel beginning in 2020.
More information on Virgin Australia’s efforts in the area of bio-jet fuels, including its partnerships with the University of Queensland and work on a new technology to convert waste into renewable bio-jet fuel can be found on their UK website.
Establishing a bio-port close to their base in Brisbane would be a great boost for the profile of both airport and airline, and a valuable job creator in the Brisbane area.