Boeing Commits to Deliver Commercial Airplanes that Fly on 100% Sustainable Fuels
Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.
Boeing is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellites, telecommunications equipment, and missiles worldwide.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and as a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries.
Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address the urgent challenge of climate change.
Sustainable Aviation Fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future.Air Transport Action Group, U.S. Department of Energy and several other scientific studies
Today, sustainable aviation fuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend — the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications.
In order to meet aviation’s commitment for reducing carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2050, airplanes need the capability to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050.
“Our industry and customers are committed to addressing climate change, and sustainable aviation fuels are the safest and most measurable solution to reduce aviation carbon emissions in the coming decades,”Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO
“We’re committed to working with regulators, engine companies and other key stakeholders to ensure our airplanes and eventually our industry can fly entirely on sustainable jet fuels.”Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO
Boeing’s commitment is to determine what changes are required for its current and future commercial airplanes to fly on 100% sustainable fuels, and to work with regulatory authorities and across the industry to raise the blending limit for expanded use.
Boeing has been a pioneer in making sustainable aviation fuels a reality, partnering globally with airlines, industry, governments and research institutions to expand limited supplies and reduce the fuels’ cost.
Boeing has worked with airlines, engine manufacturers and others to conduct biofuel test flights starting in 2008 and gain approval for sustainable fuels in 2011.
In 2018, the Boeing ecoDemonstrator flight-test program made the world’s first commercial airplane flight using 100% sustainable fuels with a 777 Freighter, in collaboration with FedEx Express.
“With a long history of innovation in sustainable aviation fuels, certifying our family of airplanes to fly on 100% sustainable fuels significantly advances Boeing’s deep commitment to innovate and operate to make the world better,”Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer at Boeing
“Sustainable aviation fuels are proven, used every day, and have the most immediate and greatest potential to reduce carbon emissions in the near and long term when we work together as an industry.”Chris Raymond, Chief Sustainability Officer at Boeing
Sustainable aviation fuels can be made from a wide variety of feedstocks, including non-edible plants, agricultural and forestry waste, non-recyclable household waste, industrial plant off-gassing and other sources.
Sustainability of the fuels is assured through strong, credible sustainability certifications through third-party organizations such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.
Earlier, the company achieved Net-Zero Carbon Emissions at manufacturing and worksites in 2020 by expanding conservation and renewable energy use while tapping responsible offsets for the remaining greenhouse gas emissions.
Boeing procures enough renewable electricity – solar, wind and hydropower – to power Boeing’s factories in Renton, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina, and a large data center in Arizona, as well as meet nearly all the electricity needs for Boeing’s Everett factory.
Since 2018, Boeing employees from six continents have marked Earth Day, April 22, by launching a friendly conservation competition called Battle of the Buildings. In 2018, the month-long competition resulted in a 1.6% reduction in energy use across the enterprise – and employees sustained those savings for the duration of the year, which saved $2.2 million.
Read more in Boeing’s global environment report 2020 – Download here
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