[NEWS] Biofuel Takes Off With Airplane Travel
– by Daisy Simmons, September 9, 2016, Yale Climate Connections
Biofuel is now helping power United Airlines flights out of Los Angeles.
United began mixing biofuel with traditional jet fuel earlier this year. The biofuel is made from waste products like animal fats and manure. This farm waste would otherwise rot and produce methane, a potent global-warming gas.
Angela Foster-Rice is the managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability for United. She says the biofuel emits 60 percent less carbon dioxide than regular fuel over its lifecycle.
That could be a huge improvement, because planes produce about 12 percent of all U.S. transportation emissions.