United Airlines Planes Fueled by Trash
United Airlines has just announced a $30 million investment in the biofuels company, Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. Carbon emissions by the airline could be reduced as soon as 2018 with an increase to 90 million gallons of biofuel replacing regular jet fuel by 2021.
Though this supply is only a fraction of the fuel United Airlines uses, it will cover 20,000 flights a year and is the biggest single investment in biofuels so far. Transportation, including air travel, is a major producer of emissions blamed for climate change. United has already reduced emissions by buying more fuel efficient planes, the next step–naturally–is biofuels.
This is not a new direction for the company, as their first test flight using biofuels was in 2009. Because of United Airline’s investment, they will be able to purchase 90 million gallons or more of fuel a year for the next 10 years at prices comparable to regular fuel.
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