Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) are set to collaborate on a research project to explore how municipal waste can be converted into jet fuel.
The project aims to use final jet fuel on Etihad Airways’ flights, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.
Etihad and Tadweer signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which mandates the two entities to undertake an initial feasibility study towards developing a flagship waste-to-fuel facility in Abu Dhabi.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, chief operating officer at Etihad Aviation Group, said: "Waste-to-biofuel is a cutting-edge technology - one that Etihad Airways believes will have a profoundly positive impact on the aviation industry, while also providing waste management solutions and a cleaner environment.
"The adoption and upscaling of sustainable energy supplies is a crucial step towards reducing Etihad Airways’ dependency on fossil fuels, allowing the airline to grow sustainably and offset carbon emissions," he added.
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, acting general manager of Tadweer, said the conversion of waste into energy is one of the most promising fields of research emerging globally.
Following the initial study, Etihad Airways and Tadweer said they will explore the possibility of developing a long-term project with additional partners.
The project’s progress and other carbon offset opportunities will be coordinated through a joint work committee comprising Etihad Airways and Tadweer personnel.
According to recent industry estimates, the long-term production of sustainable and renewable jet fuel could allow Etihad Airways to reduce its carbon emissions by up to 90 percent.
With an estimated 700,000 tons per annum of municipal waste in Abu Dhabi that could potentially be converted into jet fuel or other energy sources, the project aims to bolster local sustainability efforts carried out by Tadweer, which is responsible for implementing Abu Dhabi’s waste management strategy and services.
The project will generate biofuel from plant seeds grown using seawater and nutrients from an environmentally-friendly aquaculture system that provides a sustainable source of seafood.
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