Renewable Matter # 3 / April

Biofuels: The Aviation Industry Takes Off

by Emanuele Bompan

The aviation industry is over the moon because it is really looking forward to cutting emissions and going green. However, to avoid competing with food crops, stricter regulations are needed. Thanks to jathopha oil, used cooking oil, algae and agricultural waste and residues it is possible to cut CO2 emissions by 35 million tons.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2014 air transport produced 715 million tons of CO2 (689 in 2012), about 2% of climate-change gases. Not a negligible share. Therefore, faced with increasing pressure to reduce emissions, airlines are battening down the hatches. So much so, that IATA has set the objective of zero emission...

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