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Boeing wants its commercial aircraft to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030, the company said Friday.
Is that doable? May be.
In 2018, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight-test program made the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100% sustainable fuels with a 777 Freighter.
Citing various studies, the company said sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future.
“Today, sustainable aviation fuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend — the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications,” it said.
“In order to meet aviation’s commitment for reducing carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2050, airplanes need the capability to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stan Deal said the company is committed to working with regulators, engine manufacturers and other key stakeholders to ensure that airplanes can fly entirely on sustainable jet fuels.
Such fuels can be made from a wide variety of feedstocks, including non-edible plants, agricultural and forestry waste, non-recyclable household waste, industrial plant off-gassing and other sources, Boeing noted.