Airlines Set Goal Of Zero Emissions

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Responding to pressures to curb pollution from airliners, especially in Europe, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday set a goal to develop an emissions-free airplane within 50 years. "The first target is to replace 10 percent of fuel with low-carbon alternatives in the next 10 years," said IATA CEO Giovanni Bisignani. "The second is to begin developing a carbon-free fuel from renewable energy sources. The final challenge is for airlines to implement green strategies across the business. Its time for governments and the oil industry to make some serious investments. Bisignani said some of the potential "building blocks" for a carbon-free future include fuel-cell technology, solar-powered aircraft and fuel made from biomass.