Biofuel Flights: Will 'Green' Air Travel Be Cheaper?

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"Airlines traveling through Europe have to pay for their carbon emissions, so there is a financial incentive for using alternative jet fuels. This is seeing real results."

CNN GO, Hiufu Wong

It may be impressive that sustainability in aviation starts with its creative use of fuselage. But it is downright amazing that it extends to our used cooking oil as well.

But considering biofuels today are more expensive than regular fuels, how much of this is based on real desire to change and how much of it is "greenwash," good for headlines but not much else?

Firstly, there is already a financial motive for airlines to start to dedicate resources to biofuel development.

The inclusion of the aviation industry in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from 2012 means airlines traveling through Europe have to pay for their carbon emissions, and so would be rewarded for the use of alternative jet fuels.

This is seeing real results. "Thanks to the higher energy density of biofuel, it has been possible to reduce the fuel consumption by more than 1 percent," says Dr. Peter Schneckenleitner, Lufthansa's head of political communication. . .View Full Article

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