The increase in greenhouse gas emissions caused by aeroplanes has led to plans to produce green aviation fuel.
According to reports from the European Union last year, the rise in greenhouse gas emissions was around the 8% mark in 2016.
This confirms that not only is there a need for green aviation fuel, but also this is driven by the fact that the aviation industry is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), has projected that, based on information to hand regarding environmental trends, assumptions can be made on fuel consumption up to 2050.
It reveals that CO2 pollution is expected to quadruple by this time.
As a result, the ICAO held a conference towards the end of last year during which it set out the target to use biofuels in order to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020.
The ICAO released a paper in response that outlined its vision on aviation alternative fuels, the main objective of which is to encourage countries the world over to transition to “extensive use of sustainable aviation fuels in international aviation.”
If this is to be achieved, there needs to be extensive collaboration between all member states of ICAO as well as other stakeholders.
The ICAO’s plan would see a significant increase in the use of biofuels by 2025 – helping to create a green aviation fuel strategy.
According to the plan, the use of biofuels should hit five million tonnes a year by seven years’ time.
The ambition goes even further than this, and by 2050, the ICAO’s plan would see aviation biofuels up to 285 million tonnes a year by 2050, which would cover approximately half of the fuel demand for international aviation.
In the document, it states: “To achieve international aviation’s global aspirational goals, a comprehensive approach, consisting a basket of measures including technology and standards, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), operational improvements and market-based measures to reduce emissions, is necessary.
“The further deployment of SAF, is thus one of the initiatives that can contribute to the goal of carbon neutral growth for international aviation from 2020.”