People need to fly. But as true as that is, so is the fact that aviation causes harmful emissions. Offsetting flight miles and avoiding flying altogether have recently become widespread trends, as consumers try to compensate for the emissions generated by air travel. But what if airplanes could run on fuels that significantly reduce aviation emissions?
One flight on renewables, please
Aviation is the fastest growing means of transport and currently accounts for 2% of global man-made CO2 emissions – a number that is expected to grow substantially within the next few years. At the same time, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is aiming to make growth in aviation carbon-neutral from 2020 onward.
In commercial aviation, the only viable alternative to fossil liquid fuels is renewable jet fuel, which is currently one the most efficient means of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Also, as aviation continues to grow, airports have a crucial role in taking initiatives that aim at reducing its environmental impact.
Pioneering for cleaner aviation
To develop aviation towards carbon neutral growth, Geneva Airport is partnering with Neste to make renewable jet fuel available for aircraft operations. The aim is to have 1% of the annual jet fuel consumption at Genève Aéroport composed of renewable jet fuel, starting late 2018.
Through years of research, Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel™ has been found applicable for commercial use with Lufthansa, SAS and American Airlines. During the flights it was tested on, Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel reduced CO2 emissions by a total of 1,500 tons. Depending on the renewable content of an aviation fuel blend, biofuels can reduce its carbon footprint by up to 80% – over its full lifecycle.
One percentage at a time
Decreasing CO2 emissions in aviation is crucial in combating climate change. If commercial aviation were to get 6% of its fuel supply from biofuel by 2020, the industry’s overall carbon footprint would reduce by 5% – in two years’ time.