BP Buys Jet Fuel Made From Garbage to Curb Airline Pollution

  • Oil major signs $30 million deal with biofuel maker Fulcrum
  • Deal comes after airlines agreed new system to curb pollution

Airlines are facing pressure to clean up pollution from international aviation.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

BP Plc will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution.

The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation annually.

Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.

“We have a deep understanding of our customers’ challenges to achieve their lower carbon goals,” said Jon Platt, Air BP chief executive in the statement. “Securing this supply helps secure the future competitiveness of Air BP, and our place as a leader in the industry.”

This deal is Fulcrum’s fourth major corporate investment, following similar agreements with United Airlines Inc., Waste Management Inc. and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., according to a statement by Fulcrum.

“Entering into this strategic relationship with a global oil and gas company enhances the value of Fulcrum’s waste to fuel platform,” said E. James Macias, Fulcrum’s president and chief executive officer, in the statement.

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