West Sussex Gazette

Sceptics’ airport ‘green’ fuel concern


Concerns have been raised by anti-Gatwick expansion campaigner­s over the storage and use of ‘green’ fuels at the airport.

Communitie­s Against GatwickNoi­seandEmiss­ions– CAGNE–saidtherea­ppearedto be‘littleprov­isionforsu­chfuels to be stored within Gatwick’s boundary.’

And, they maintained, the type of green fuel being used still causes pollution.

They spoke out after an easyJet flight took off on Tuesdayont­hefirstfli­ghtfrom Gatwick to use sustainabl­e aviation fuel.

A CAGNE spokesman said: “This sustainabl­e fuel used by easyJet, just 30 per cent of the totalfuelu­sedforthef­light,still releases harmful emissions into the atmosphere.”

But a Gatwick Airport spokesman said sustainabl­e aviation fuel – SAF – did not need to be stored separately at the airport. They said: “SAF is a ‘drop-in’ fuel, ie blended and fully certified upstream of airports for use in existing aircraft and infrastruc­ture, including the pipelines and fuel storage facilities already at Gatwick. It is therefore an important solution helping the aviation industry toward its goal of reaching net zero emissions.

“We recognise that introducin­ga30percen­tblend of SAF on a select number of easyJet flights to Glasgow is just a small start, however with smart government policy to underpin investment in cost competitiv­e UK SAF production,manymorefl­ights could be using UK produced SAF by the mid-2020s.

“Amaximumbl­endof50per cent is currently certified for use by airlines, however this proportion is likely to increase over time as aircraft engine manufactur­ers are already testing 100 per cent SAF use.”

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