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Etihad Airways Flies With Sustainable Fuel
Updated on 17 January 2019

Etihad Airways has completed the first commercial flight in the world using sustainable fuel, produced locally. The Boeing 787 flew from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam using a new clean alternative aviation fuel that reduces carbon emissions.

The new sustainable fuel was developed by Masdar Institute, part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology.

Sustainable fuel for the flight was derived from oil in Salicornia plants, which were grown on the two-hectare Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) farm in Masdar City. The SEAS is the world’s first desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater. Fish and shrimp raised at the facility provide nutrients for the plants as well as contribute to the UAE’s food production.

The biofuel is blended directly with jet fuel and does not require any modifications to the aircraft, engines or airport fuelling delivery systems. The unique initiative also bolsters the oil and gas industry by using existing refining infrastructure, with the potential to become an important new option for sustainable aviation fuel in the future.

Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said: "This proof of concept is a ground-breaking development that addresses the challenges of energy, water and food security – three elements that are inextricably linked and which form a nexus, meaning that actions in any one area have an impact in the others. What is particularly exciting about the SEAS is that it is an initiative that supports multiple platforms; aviation, oil and gas and agriculture. It is an important specialised initiative under the aquaculture umbrella, with the UAE recognising that this sector represents one of the best uses of what is the region’s most precious resource and has consequently established its aquaculture sector with an investment of more than AED 100 million to develop hatcheries and fish farms."

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer Etihad Aviation Group, said, "This is a significant milestone for the UAE and its key industries. Etihad is fully committed to this project which demonstrates a successful proof of concept that is local, viable, cost-effective and sustainable. Decarbonisation is important across the aviation industry and, together with our partners, Etihad is proud to be at the forefront of this pioneering new research."

 

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