|ALC carbon outcome||Furthering research and technology to advance low carbon|
|Geographic scope||United States|
N/a - research and technology
The international aviation industry has set itself tough targets to reduce its CO2 emissions and as a company that fuels more than 6,000 flights every day, BP is committed to helping our customers reach those goals.
We have invested in a company called Fulcrum BioEnergy, which has developed a process to turn certain types of household waste, such as paper, textiles, wood, plastics and food products, into transport fuels, such as synthetic jet fuel. Proprietary catalyst gas-to-liquids technology licensed by BP and our partner Johnson Matthey plays a key role in this process.
Transportation fuels produced this way can have up to 80% fewer lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than traditional transportation fuels. As well as diverting waste from landfill, Fulcrum also recovers recyclable materials, displacing the production of new metals and plastics. The process also produces ash that can be used in cement kilns.
The first Fulcrum facility is currently being constructed in Nevada and the company has announced a second facility to be built in Indiana. The Nevada plant is expected to convert around 175,000 tonnes of household waste into approximately 11 million gallons of fuel every year – the equivalent of more than 180 return flights between London and New York.