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Boeing seeks approval for ‘green’ diesel as jet fuel

01.15.2014  | 

The new jet fuel produces less than half the carbon dioxide emissions over its life cycle than fossil fuels and will cost about US $3/gallon, Chicago-based Boeing said in an announcement.

Keywords: [jet fuel] [green diesel] [EU] [greenhouse gas] [carbon dioxide] [environment]

By CHRISTOPHER MARTIN
Bloomberg

Boeing Co. is working with US regulators to approve fuel jets that include “green” diesel, which is made from vegetable oils and fats. This move will reduce consumption of fossil fuels and curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

The new jet fuel produces less than half the carbon dioxide emissions over its life cycle than fossil fuels and will cost about US $3/gallon, Chicago-based Boeing said in a statement.

Approval to use a fuel made from vegetable fats would increase options for airlines that are already using other types of biofuels made from inedible plant material.

Existing refineries that mostly supply the trucking industry in the US, Europe and Singapore may provide as much as 600 million gallons (2.27 billion liters) of the fuel for jets annually, or about 1% of global aviation demand, according to the statement.

The European Union is encouraging airlines to buy cleaner fuels with a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Aviation accounts for about 2% of the global carbon-dioxide emissions.



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