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Starting in 2013, up to 100 European airports will take part in a plan to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over the continent’s airspace by half a million tonnes a year by using a different landing approach and planning the use of bio-fuels, aviation industry groups said.
Industry officials have described the approach as a “win-win for all.” The airline industry was also looking to start using bio-fuels within the next few years and was hoping for certification by as early as 2010. Boeing’s Bill Glover told reporters he expected bio-fuels to achieve “commercial availability in three to five years,” although critics have said their use is making farmers move toward growing food for fuel, raising food prices and lessening its availability of a resource that grows only annually in most cases.
Executives at the conference said they were aiming to use second- generation bio-fuels, including some derived from algae, so as to not drain food and water resources. “We want to get 100 percent from bio-fuels that don’t compete with food supplies,” said Peter Steele of the Air Transport Action Group.
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