Airline tests biofuel to cut emissions
[23rd June 2008]
Japan Airlines in partnership with aircraft maker Boeing and jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney plans to test a second generation biofuel.
A test flight using biofuel blended with jet fuel in one of the four engines will take place before the end of March next year.
The aim is to find an alternative fuel that will help reduce the impact of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) generated by the aviation industry, while also reducing the industrys reliance on traditional petroleum-based fuels.
Second generation biofuel is said to be a more efficient and sustainable form of energy than its first generation counterpart. Second-generation biofuels do not compete with natural food or water resources or contribute to deforestation.
Not only are we endeavouring to reduce our own footprint on the environment, but we are throwing our support and resources behind projects such as this, which will help in the wider battle against climate change and global warming, says Japan Airlines group president and CEO, Haruka Nishimatsu.
Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines president, Todd Kallman, adds: Pratt & Whitney is aggressively researching and testing alternative fuels for the aviation industry in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve engine efficiency and reduce airline operating costs. We look forward to working closely with JAL and Boeing as we continue this research.
Japan Airlines says it has achieved a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions since 1990 and aims to increase this to 20% by 2010. The airline also has orders for 80 more fuel efficient aircraft, including the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner (pictured).
Written by: Nick Purdom
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