Boeing Expands Biofuel Options

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Boeing is working with the FAA to gain approval to blend a renewable form of "green diesel" derived from oils and fats with traditional jet fuel, the company said this week. Sources already available could provide nearly 1 percent of the global jet fuel demand, about 600 million gallons. "Green diesel approval would be a major breakthrough in the availability of competitively priced, sustainable aviation fuel," said James Kinder, a Boeing fuels specialist. "We are collaborating with our industry partners and the aviation community to move this innovative solution forward and reduce the industry's reliance on fossil fuel." Green diesel, also known as "renewable diesel," is chemically different from the fuel known as "biodiesel" and is produced by a different process, Boeing said.

The green fuel is price-competitive with other fuels, Boeing said, and can be used in any diesel engine. "Boeing wants to establish new pathways for sustainable jet fuel, and this green diesel initiative is a groundbreaking step in that long journey," said Julie Felgar, manager of environmental strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "To support our customers, industry and communities, Boeing will continue to look for opportunities to reduce aviation's environmental footprint." U.S. airlines have been flying with various types of biofuel for several years.