11 Feb 2008 05:02:20
Low-carbon aviation 'may be available within ten years'
Aviation firm Boeing has claimed that regular commercial services that run on second-generation biofuels could be in operation within five to ten years.
According to airline industry news provider ATW, Bill Glover, the company's head of environmental strategy told an industry environmental conference that the aviation industry will be able to reduce its carbon emissions through the application of biofuel technology.
"It will take time to collect the data and get confidence [in the fuel], but an aircraft powered by a biofuel blend could be flying as early as five years' time," he said.
"Within ten years we can have a significant impact on the market and on the carbon footprint of aviation," Mr Glover added.
He also claimed that the current aviation fleet could be supplied with feedstock grown in an area the size of Belgium.
Citing figures from Friends of the Earth: Scotland, Aviation Watch has reported that carbon emissions produced by the aviation industry can have between two and four times the impact of carbon emissions from elsewhere because of complex chemical reactions which occur at higher altitudes.