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Biofuels

Letters to the Editor, April 5, 2013

A taxi in San Francisco that runs on biodiesel. Photo: AFP

It is of great concern to note Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting's Occupy Central proposal, which advocates civil disobedience in case Beijing does not agree with the whims or insecurity of some political parties in Hong Kong.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 5:46am 2 comments

Reaping a mainland fuel harvest

Novozymes has a project to make ethanol from corn stalks. Photo: Reuters

Novozymes, the world's largest industrial enzyme maker, is in discussions to supply enzymes to projects on the mainland which use agricultural waste to produce ethanol, a clean-burning fuel that can be a substitute for petrol.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:53am

Sustainability is top priority for Cathay when looking at biofuel options

On behalf of Cathay Pacific, I would like to respond to Professor Reinhard Renneberg's article ('Biofuels an idea that can really fly for airlines', January 22) and Gordon Andreassend's letter ('Cathay faces logistical problems', January 29).

Both pieces raised the 'food versus fuel' debate, better known as sustainability.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Biofuels an idea that can really fly for airlines

Biofuels are getting ready for take-off in the airline industry.

Cathay Pacific is banking on the hope that biofuels will cost the same as the standard fuel, kerosene, by the end of the decade - and then grow even cheaper. Kerosene now accounts for about 35 per cent of most airlines' operating expenses.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Airline fuels progress

Thai Airways became the first airline in Asia late last year to operate a commercial passenger flight using biofuels during a test run from Bangkok to Chiang Mai with passengers on board.

It took place a day after the airline conducted its inaugural biofuel test flight with the media and representatives of its supporting partners.

4 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

'Gutter oil' jet fuel venture in works

A Dutch jet-fuel supplier has agreed to buy 20 tonnes of 'gutter oil' from Qingdao, Shandong province, through a joint venture to produce a sustainable supply of fuel for its airline clients, mainland media said yesterday.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

An article on B1 on Saturday, 'Mainland to invest up to US$300 million in biofuels', mistakenly stated that a test flight launched by Air China used 10,000 tonnes of biofuel. It should have said 10 tonnes.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland to invest up to US$300m in biofuels

The mainland's aviation industry is expected to inject as much as US$300 million over the next four years to expand its supply of biofuels, says a senior executive at American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Virgin to use jet fuel made from steel mill waste gas

Virgin Atlantic Airways says it may have found the best source yet for aviation biofuel.

Earlier this month, the airline announced a partnership with New Zealand low-carbon fuel specialist LanzaTech to develop an aviation fuel by converting waste gases from steel mills using special microbes.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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