Boeing is one of the biggest players in the aviation industry. Despite its recent setbacks with the 737 Max, the American giant is not lacking in ambition. In particular on the environmental aspect.
Boeing is committed to making its planes more environmentally friendly over the next ten years: the avionics giant wants to make all its planes fly with sustainable fuel d ‘by 2030 . This move towards sustainable fuels is “the safest and most quantifiable solution to reducing carbon emissions from aviation in the decades to come.” It is also an absolutely necessary step for the entire industry if it is to meet its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Boeing would like 100% of its planes to fly on sustainable fuels
Sustainable fuels for aircraft are made from vegetable oil, animal fat, various agricultural and forestry wastes, and non-recyclable household waste, among other things. In its press release, Boeing said it has conducted several successful tests in the past using 100% sustainable fuels. A FedEx 777 Freighter, in particular, became the first aircraft to fly without conventional fuel in 2018, as part of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program.
by the year 2030
That being said, authorities currently require planes to use up to 50% sustainable fuel, mixed with conventional fuel. Boeing (and other manufacturers) will therefore have to work with the authorities in place to show that increasing this ratio poses no safety concerns. Chris Raymond, Director of Sustainability at Boeing, said the following:
With this long history of innovation in sustainable fuels, certifying our range of aircraft to fly on 100% sustainable fuels will further advance Boeing’s commitment to innovate and work for a world better. Sustainable fuels for aircraft are proven, used every day, and have the most immediate and greatest potential to reduce carbon emissions in the medium and long term. ”
The aviation giant has been in the headlines lately following two fatal crashes involving 737 Maxs that claimed the lives of 346 people. The company was even charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and ended up making a deal with the Department of Justice to the tune of $ 2.5 billion to avoid legal action.