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01 May 2009 12:05:05

FedEx to use 30 percent biofuels by 2030



FedEx to use 30 percent biofuels by 2030
Global freight transport company FedEx has revealed plans to derive 30 percent of its aviation fuel from alternative sources by 2030.

Delivering a speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit on Wednesday (April 29th), chief executive Fred Smith said that the '30 by 30' scheme will help FedEx to cut its emissions and transport costs.

The project aims to make use of second-generation biofuels come from feedstocks such as jatropha, algae and switchgrass.

Because these petroleum alternatives do not require edible feedstocks, Mr Smith claimed, they can be grown on marginal land.

This could be significant as one of the biggest criticisms levelled at biofuels is the strain they place on the global food system.

In fact, Scope - the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment - estimates that increased production of first-generation biofuels over the past three years has left global cereal stocks at their lowest levels since the 1980s.

However, the New York Times reported that Mr Smith did add the caution: "These non-fossil fuels must be capable of being easily mixed with existing petroleum aviation fuels that use existing infrastructure."

FedEx, which has pledged to cut its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2020, also announced that it will trade in its fleet of ageing MD-11s for more efficient Boeing 777s.

http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/SCOPEBiofuels_home.htm...

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