Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance commercial aviation’s long-term sustainability, committing that its commercial airplanes will be capable and certified to fly with 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address climate change’s urgent challenge.
According to the Air Transport Action Group, the US Department of Energy, and several other scientific studies, sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100 per cent in the future.
Sustainable aviation fuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend – the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications.
To meet aviation’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent from 2005 levels by 2050, airplanes need the capability to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050, the announcement said.