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Plane Talking

How to take 13 million cars off the road each year?

The aviation industry continues to demonstrate real results in limiting its climate change impact. The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organisation for the US airlines, presented this week its 2009 Economic Report. The report confirms it will reach, if not exceed, targets to improve fuel efficiency a further 30% between 2005 and 2025 – equivalent to the amount of CO2 saved by taking 13 million cars off the road each year in the same period.

On the subject of future improvements, Rentech, a clean energy solutions company, announced an agreement to supply 8 US domestic airlines with the new renewable synthetic fuel, RenDiesel, as of 2012. This biodegradable fuel is produced from green waste and is virtually free of particulates, sulfur and aromatics, giving it a near zero carbon footprint. What’s more, RenDiesel is compatible with existing engines and pipelines giving the aviation industry an immediate solution to reaching targets set by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

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