Biofuels could revolutionise the aviation industry – trade group

15 November 2011 19:57  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS)--The use of biofuels could prove to be revolutionary for the aviation industry, cutting its carbon footprint by 80%, the head of an aviation trade group said on Tuesday.

Although biofuels have a lot of potential, they need to be commercialised, since they remain expensive and are limited in supply, said Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Tyler was speaking at the IATA Aviation Fuel Forum in Paris.

“I am under no illusions that this will be an easy process. But there is no shortage of commitment from the industry,” Tyler added, highlighting several projects whereby municipal waste is used to produce jet fuel, including one by the US-based company Solena.

Tyler said that Solena is working with airlines to build plants capable of turning 500,000 tonnes of organic urban waste into 16m gal/year (61m litres/year) of biofuel.

In order to commercialise biofuels, Tyler said governments must implement policies that promote research into new feedstocks and refining processes; remove the risk from public and private investments in aviation biofuels; provide incentives for the use of biofuels by the aviation industry; encourage stakeholders to commit to international sustainability criteria; and support coalitions encompassing all parts of the supply chain.

“Aviation must be sustainable. Sustainability is our license to grow and provide the connectivity that has turned our planet into a global community. We need to work together and speak with a common voice.  That is the way to convince governments to provide the right policies to develop a sustainable aviation biofuel industry,” Tyler said.

By: Sarah Trinder
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