Qantas Looks for Greener Fuel Solutions

Good news for eco-conscious travelers, especially those headed Down Under: The Australian is reporting that Qantas Airlines is planning to build a biofuel plant in Sydney that will burn rubbish in an effort to power the airline's fleet with greener fuel.

The airline has teamed with US fuel supplier Solena to investigate the construction of the world's second commercial waste biofuel plant in Sydney, a move that reports indicate could create 1,200 jobs.

It is one of two biofuel projects Qantas is assessing as it moves to cut its carbon emissions and meet airline industry guidelines of improving fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent per year to 2020 — or the even-tougher UN target of two percent. It is understood the other project involves using crops to make biofuel in what Qantas hopes could become a sustainable industry.

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