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Major investments in sustainable aviation fuel from United Airlines could set the path for greener air travel.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the aviation industry is one of the most significant polluters when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Not only is this industry responsible for a huge amount of CO2 emissions, but it adds further damage by releasing it so high up in the atmosphere. 

And that’s why United Airlines has announced a new joint venture to develop sustainable aviation fuel. While such ethanol-based fuel already exists, it hasn’t been commercially viable until now. 

A Reuters report highlighted some interesting facts about the expected benefits. 

“SAF, which uses feedstocks such as cooking oils to reduce emissions by up to 80% from conventional fuel, is seen as the carbon savior for the aviation sector, which accounts for nearly 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions.”

Making such a significant breakthrough will then hopefully further transition into mass-production of such fuels for a wide range of other industries.

It’s a critical part of creating a sustainable future in areas where electric power that relies on batteries isn’t a feasible solution. 

Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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