Boeing has set an ambitious target to ensure all its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable fuels by 2030.
Sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) are currently mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend – the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications.
Boeing points out that in order to meet the aviation industry’s commitment for reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2050, airplanes must be capable to fly on 100% SAFs well before 2050.
SAFs can be made from a wide variety of feedstocks, including non-edible plants, agricultural and forestry waste, non-recyclable household waste and other sources.
Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO said: “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.
“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.”