Boeing Looks To Green Diesel To Make Aviation More Sustainable

Boeing Looks To Green Diesel To Make Aviation More Sustainable (3BL Media/Justmeans) - In order to make flying more sustainable, Boeing is looking to the ground. The company is currently working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders to get approval for green diesel, used in ground transport to be used on aircrafts. This way, the industry would further reduce its emissions.

Green diesel is made from oils and fats. Boeing researchers found that they are have similar chemical properties to current aviation biofuel and could be blended directly with traditional jet fuel.

"Green diesel approval would be a major breakthrough in the availability of competitively priced, sustainable aviation fuel," said Dr. James Kinder, from Boeing Commercial Airplanes Propulsion Systems Division. "We are collaborating with our industry partners and the aviation community to move this innovative solution forward and reduce the industry's reliance on fossil fuel."

Boeing estimates that current production of green diesel in the U.S., Europe and Singapore could supply as much as 1 percent, or about 600 million gallons, of global commercial jet fuel demand. What’s better, it’s competitive with fossil jet fuel at about $3 per gallon with U.S. government incentives.

Boeing, the F.A.A., engine manufacturers, green diesel producers and others are now compiling a detailed research report that will be submitted to key stakeholders in the fuel approvals process. The company is leading the way in a transition greener jet fuels, including a blend of up to 50 percent aviation biofuel in international jet fuel specifications, which include stringent performance requirements Boeing and the 27 airlines in the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group hope to develop cleaner, sustainable biofuel that does not threaten food security, soil, water and air. Green diesel can be used in any diesel engine. It is chemically different and a different product than the fuel known as "biodiesel."

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