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Green campaigners deem biofuel flight not so environmentally friendly
October 7th, 2011 by elisa

As Thomson Airways celebrated its first passenger flight partially powered by biofuel yesterday, green campaigners discredited it as an irresponsible PR stunt.

Parent company TUI Travel claimed the four-hour flight from Birmingham to Lanzarote put Thomson Airways at the forefront of sustainable travel, adding that using the fuel has the potential to cut up to 80% of aviation emissions in the future. however, Airportwatch, which campaigns against aviation expansion, said it was a gimmick that would end up harming the environment.

Friends of the Earth also warned that rather than making flying greener, the use of biofuels for flights will wreck rain forests, push up food prices and increase climate-changing emissions.

Aviation minister Theresa Villiers welcomed the flight. She said: “The government believes sustainable biofuels have a role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, particularly in sectors where no other viable low carbon energy source has been identified.”

Thomson Airways managing director Chris Browne said: “We firmly believe the adoption of sustainable biofuels by airlines will help achieve the government’s carbon budget which commits the UK to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2025.”


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