Boeing says its fleet will be able to fly on 100% biofuel by 2030

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SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Friday it would start delivering commercial jets capable of flying 100% biofuel by the end of the decade, calling reducing environmental damage from fossil fuels the “challenge of our life ”.

Boeing’s goal – which requires advancements in jet systems, increased fuel blending requirements, and safety certification by global regulators – is at the heart of a broader industry goal of to halve carbon emissions by 2050, said the American aircraft manufacturer.

“This is a huge challenge, this is the challenge of our lives,” Boeing chief sustainability officer Sean Newsum told Reuters. “Aviation is determined to do its part to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Commercial flights currently account for around 2% of global carbon emissions and around 12% of transportation emissions, according to data cited by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).

Boeing essentially only has a decade to meet its target, as airliners that enter service in 2030 will typically remain in service until 2050.

The world’s largest aerospace company also faces the task hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and the 20-month grounding of its best-selling airliner after fatal crashes, which have strained its finances and its engineering resources.

Boeing is not starting from scratch. In 2018, he staged the world’s first commercial aircraft flight using 100% biofuel on a FedEx Corp 777 freighter.

Boeing and its European rival Airbus SE are also working to reduce carbon emissions by reducing the weight and drag of new planes.

As it stands, biofuels are blended directly with conventional jet fuel to a 50/50 blend, which is the maximum allowed in current fuel specifications, Boeing said.

Boeing must first determine what changes to make to allow a safe flight alternative fuels derived from used vegetable oils, animal fats, sugar cane, wastes and other sources.

Boeing must work with groups that define fuel specifications, like ASTM International, to increase the blend limit to allow for expanded use, then convince aviation regulators around the world to certify planes as safe, said Boeing.

Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Aurora Ellis

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