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Last updated: 7 january, 2010 - 10:59 GMT

Two cheers for new greener jet fuel

A319 Qatar Airways airbus

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Aircraft are often attacked as major cause of global warming.

The kerosene they burn is responsible for 2% of all the carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere every year.

But the oil company Shell says it now has a possible solution.

It says its researchers in the Gulf state of Qatar have created a potentially much greener fuel from natural gas. Qatar Airways has already experimented with using the fuel.

However, there are still drawbacks and issues still to be resolved before airlines snap it up, as Jeremy Howell reports.

First broadcast on World Business News

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