By Oisin Sweeney • 23 January 2021 • 7:13
Biofuels can be made from vegetable oils, animal fats, cane sugar and other oil alternatives - Image Source: Boeing
AIRCRAFT manufacturing titans Boeing has announced their ambitious plans to create commercial planes that fly on the Biofuel within ten years.
Boeing has announced that it aims to produce airplanes capable of flying on 100% biofuel by 2030, saying that the “challenge of our lifetime” is reducing fossil fuel emissions.
Boeing’s goal requires its engineers to make major advances to jet systems, raising fuel-blending requirements, and safety certification by global regulators. The controversial airline company said that the industry would have to take massive action to reach the 2050s carbon goals of many countries.
“It’s a tremendous challenge, it’s the challenge of our lifetime,” Boeing’s director of sustainability strategy, Sean Newsum, told Reuters. “Aviation is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint.”
Currently, biofuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend, which is the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications, Boeing said. Biofuels can be produced using vegetable oil, animal fats, sugar cane, waste, and other sources as a greener alternative to oil.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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