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At the beginning of this year, we reported on Air France’s plan to go green. Now the airline is joining forces with nine other industry leaders and

Jul 31, 2020
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At the beginning of this year, we reportedon Air France’s plan to go green. Now the airline is joining forces with nine other industry leaders and environmental groups to reduce the industry’s dependency on fossil fuels.
The new project, called the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Users’ Group, says they are specifically committed to using biofuels from renewable sources that do not compete with the “agrifood sector,” do not interfere with drinking water and “improve the economic conditions of local populations.” (That means no corn ethanol, for one thing.) And, according to Air France, the airlines will factor in the “full life cycle” of the biofuels to assure that the overall impact of their usage yields fewer CO2 emissions.
Seems like a pretty bold proposition. We already know that aircrafts can flyon non-food-crop biofuels such as algae. But we also knowthat those green fuels have yet to be produced on a mass scale, largely because there’s a lack of funding for research and development. If the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users’ Group is serious about its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it may have to consider using airline resources to support building up sustainably produced biofuels.
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