British Airways and the Solena Group plan to develop Europe's first bio-based jet-fuel production facility. British Airways plans to use the fuel to power part of its fleet starting in 2014. The fuel will be derived from waste biomass and manufactured in a facility that can convert a variety of waste materials, destined for landfill, into aviation fuel.

The plan will lead to the creation of up to 1,200 jobs in the area and could reduce significantly local authority landfill tax bills.