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22 Jul 2009 05:07:00

Sustainable biofuels could help aviation cut its emissions

Sustainable biofuels could help aviation cut its emissions
Mass deployment of sustainable bio fuels in the aviation industry would help the UK and European aviation sectors to reduce their emissions by 15 percent in 2020.

According to a new report by the Policy Exchange, a mix including 20 percent biofuel would be enough to deliver the 2020 target.

Deriving 80 percent of jet fuel from such low-carbon sources would bring a 60 percent emission cut by 2050, at which point it is estimated that aviation could account for as much as 20 percent of global greenhouse gas output if left unchecked.

Green Skies Thinking suggested that the value of these reductions to the UK economy could be as high as £37.4 billion between 2020 and 2050.

Ben Caldecott, head of the energy and environment unit at Policy Exchange, explained that most people are caught between thinking that more should be done to tackle aviation emissions and relying on cheap and convenient flights

"We do need to look at reducing demand for flights, but switching from standard jet fuel to sustainable bio-jet fuel is currently the only viable option to significantly reduce emissions from the flights that remain," he added.

Such a move would also contribute significantly to the government's sector targets on the reduction of greenhouse gas output.



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