The aviation industry is the most advanced in the use of biofuels. Other parts of the world are already flying with food waste from olive pits and cooking oil, and here we tell you how Mexican airlines are making great strides in this direction.
The food industry can contribute to the goal of ending aviation’s dependence on fossil fuels. Virtually any type of biomass can be used to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Waste from olive pits and cooking oil is already being used in other parts of the world. In Mexico, airplanes will soon be powered by food waste as well.
Before the pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the aviation industry contributed around 2% of the world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The study “Quantifying aviation’s contribution to global warming,” published in Environmental Research Letters in November 2021, claims that aviation growth contributes more to global warming than is generally believed and puts air transport CO2 emissions at 2.4%, with a 3% annual growth rate due to the return to normalcy, which would double its contribution to global warming by 2050.
The aviation industry wants to go against the odds and has set its sights on achieving zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
“The world’s airlines have made a crucial decision to ensure sustainable air transport,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general, in a statement at the end of 2021. He estimates that 65% of that goal will be achieved through sustainable aviation fuels.
By Armando Aguilar