The aviation industry had committed to dramatically reducing its carbon emission by 2050 and due to this, the proportion of SAF that aircraft use in their fuel mix will have to continue to rise.
Building on this, Boeing recently announced that by 2030, all its commercial aircraft will be certified and compatible to fly with 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by 2030.
Continuing to address climate change has been at the forefront for a while for the company and the aviation industry as a whole, with Boeing previously conducting successful flight tests replacing petroleum fuel with 100 per cent SAF. SAF is produced using renewable feedstocks such as cooking oil, animal fats, non-edible plants and agricultural waste and is claimed to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional jet fuel.
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes 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.
“We’re committed to working with regulators, engine companies and other key stakeholders to ensure our airplanes and eventually our industry can fly entirely on sustainable jet fuels.”
Boeing has been conducting biofuel test fuel flights since 2008 and first gained approval for sustainable aviation fuels in 2011. On top of this they made the world’s first commercial flight using 100% SAF in 2018.
Chief Sustainability Officer Chris Raymond added:
“With a long history of innovation in sustainable aviation fuels, certifying our family of airplanes to fly on 100 per cent sustainable fuels significantly advances Boeing’s deep commitment to innovate and operate to make the world better."
“Sustainable aviation fuels are proven, used every day, and have the most immediate and greatest potential to reduce carbon emissions in the near and long term when we work together as an industry.”
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