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Renewable Jet Fuels on the Runway

By Susan Pond

Sustainable jet fuels are needed to constrain the aviation industry’s greenhouse emissions.

Dr Susan Pond AM FTSE chairs the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and the Clean Technology Innovation Program Committee. She is Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Vice President of ATSE and a Board member of Innovation Australia, ANSTO and Biotron Ltd.

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Technology has opened up unimaginable economic spaces and transformed nations that were able to seize the strategic competitive advantage. Canals, agriculture, printing presses, steam engines, electricity, motor vehicles, aviation, computers, the internet and genomics provide excellent examples.

Sustainability could be the next new economy driven by technology. Sustainability is our concern because we need to increase the productivity of our planet’s finite or polluting resources, such as carbon, water, agricultural land and minerals.

Transportation, a fundamental enabler of development, must become part of this new economy. Currently, transportation consumes 60% of global oil production and accounts for 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Air transport of people and goods accounts for 10% of transport oil consumption and 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. As global population and GDP increase, air transport will continue to grow by 5% year on year to ~ 500% more revenue tonne kilometres by 2050 compared with 2010. But the sector cannot grow without reining in greenhouse gas emissions.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has been implementing a two-pronged strategy of fuel efficiency and alternative fuels for the past few years. Each strategy is equally important in reaching IATA’s targets of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020...

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