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Volume 3, Issue 6

Feature: Green aviation to take off in three years
The ability to fly conveniently and efficiently between nations has been a catalyst for the global economy and has shrunk cultural barriers like no other transport sector. But this progress comes at a cost. In 2008, the commercial aviation industry produced 677 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), around 2% of the total man-made CO2 emissions of more than 34 billion tonnes. While this amount is small compared with other industry sectors, such as power generation and ground transport, these industries have viable alternative energy sources currently available, such as wind or hydro power. At this stage, there is no foreseeable new technology to power flight beyond hydrocarbon fuels. Hydrogen can be burned in a turbine engine for aviation but there are significant technical challenges in designing a hydrogen-powered aircraft for commercial aviation and in producing enough hydrogen in a sustainable way to supply the industry’s needs. The use of sustainable biofuels can provide the air transport industry with a near-term solution to provide a fuel with a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based fuels. In the last year, the industry has put major focus on the development of sustainable biofuel – a source of energy that could have around an 80% reduction in carbon lifecycle emissions compared to current fossil fuel based Jet A-1.


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