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Qatar and Airbus announce major Environmental Initiative

Qatar Airways in conjunction with Qatar Science & Technology Park and Qatar Petroleum have recently announced their endeavour to start developing sustainable bio jet fuel with the support of Airbus .

Qatar and Airbus announce major Environmental Initiative
The future of sustainable air travel is here, and it looks like the people behind it all are Airbus and Qatar’s national airline and carrier of many worldwide passengers to popular Middle Eastern destinations such as Dubai holidays.
With the support of Airbus, Qatar Airways, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Qatar Petroleum (QP) will be jointly carrying out engineering and economic analysis to move into the development of sustainable bio jet fuel that will also look into ways for production and supply.
The ground-breaking initiative – a world first – comes just months after the State of Qatar’s national airline completed an historical milestone in the aviation industry.
Qatar Airways successfully conducted the world’s first commercial flight powered by a Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) fuel blend last October, which proved to be a significant development in the use of alternative fuels.
“Building on the experience and success of the GTL Consortium, we now move to the next phase of alternative fuels while continuing to develop GTL further. While others talk, we take action!” – said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer, Akbar Al Baker, when addressing a press conference in Doha.
Seven months ago, Qatar Airways, Qatar Science & Technology Park together with US-based Verno Systems Inc., embarked on a very comprehensive and detailed feasibility study on sustainable Biomass-to-Liquid (BTL) jet fuel and possible by-products such as bio diesel.
This study looked at all available bio feed stocks that would not affect the food or fresh water supply chain. It also looked at existing and future production technologies with a viability analysis.
Based on the result of this in-depth study, the partners have agreed to establish the “Qatar Advanced Biofuel Platform” (QABP) which will lead activities in the following 4 areas:
  • A detailed engineering and implementation plan for economically viable and sustainable bio fuel production
  • A bio fuel investment strategy
  • An advanced technology development programme
  • Ongoing market and strategic analysis
These activities will be built on, and primarily motivated by, the objective of executing advanced bio fuel projects - with Qatar Airways initially as a dedicated end-user.
QABP will be structured so that it can be expanded to include additional projects, technologies, investments and partnerships globally.
“Qatar Airways already has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry due to its investment of billions of US dollars in a state-of-the art aircraft fleet. By entering into the production and supply of bio jet fuels, we will be able to get closer and closer to the “much talked about” carbon neutral growth,” Al Baker concluded.
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