The aviation industry can meet its emissions targets, but it needs new fuels

An airbus at Bremen airport is refueled by Sustainable Aviation Fuel for the first time on May 10, 2022.


About 60% of emission reductions are expected to come from low-carbon fuels. But new fuels still have a long way to go to reach this level. Alternative jet fuel supply represented approximately 0.05% of total fuel supply in 2020. To meet demand in 2050, alternative fuel supply would need to increase at least 3,000 times above 2020.

Casey CrownhartReducing carbon emissions from airplanes is going to be difficult, but not impossible. With enough funding, political support and alternative fuel, aviation can make enough progress to help the world meet global climate goals by 2050, according to a new report. Today, aviation accounts for approximately 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Some airlines and industry groups have pledged to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, but these plans


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