Monday, January 25, 2021

Boeing commits to deliver commercial planes that fly on 100% sustainable fuels

New Delhi: Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance commercial aviation's long-term sustainability, committing that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly with 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address climate change's urgent challenge.

According to the Air Transport Action Group, the US Department of Energy, and several other scientific studies, sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent over the fuel's life cycle with the potential to reach 100 per cent in the future.

Sustainable aviation fuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend - the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications.

To meet aviation's commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050, airplanes need the capability to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050, the announcement said.

"Our industry and customers are committed to addressing climate change, and sustainable aviation fuels are the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decades," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal.

Boeing has been a pioneer in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality, partnering globally with airlines, industry, governments, and research institutions to expand limited supplies and reduce fuel costs. Boeing worked with airlines, engine manufacturers, and others to conduct biofuel test flights starting in 2008 and gained approval for sustainable fuels in 2011. In 2018, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight-test program made the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100% sustainable fuels with a 777 Freighter, in collaboration with FedEx Express.

24/01/21 Akarsh Verma/India Today

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