He said this:
“Our results would be especially relevant to the state of Georgia, which is the sixth-largest consumer of conventional aviation fuel in the country, hosts the busiest airport in the world, and is home to Delta, a leading global airline company. I am looking forward to pursuing more research for providing a sustainable alternative to our current model of air travel. Carinata has the potential to be a win-win situation for our rural areas, the aviation industry, and most importantly, climate change.”
Carinata could help with two sustainability goals. First, it could make airplanes eco-friendly. Secondly, it can provide cattle with an alternative food supply. Having sustainable jet fuel will bring the world one step closer to a carbon-free future.
Final thoughts on the plant-based jet fuel that can decrease aviation emissions by 68%
The aviation industry contributes about 12% of overall transportation emissions in the US. Indeed, it only emits 2-3% of total carbon dioxide emissions. However, it still presents a challenge in the face of climate change. Luckily, researchers have been working on transitioning airplanes to sustainable jet fuel. In fact, they believe that the carinata plant could provide a viable replacement for petroleum-based fuels.
The SPARC project funded by the USDA aims to grow over 800,000 acres of the crop in the Southeast. Not only will the production of carinata boost the economy, but it will also improve the environment. Indeed, it’s refreshing to hear some positive news for a change with all the doom and gloom about the climate.