The international technical standards group ASTM International has given approval for global airlines to power their planes with a blend made from traditional kerosene and biofuels derived from inedible plants and organic waste.  It will help carriers that account for 2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions to reduce these emissions.

The decision allows airlines to fly passenger jets using derivatives of up to 50 percent biofuel made from feedstocks such as algae, animal fats and woodchips.   These renewable fuel components, called hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA), are identical to hydrocarbons found in jet fuel, but come from vegetable oil-containing feedstocks such as algae, camelina or jatropha, or from animal fats called tallow. The ASTM standard already had criteria for fuel produced from coal, natural gas or biomass.

Airlines already have conducted test flights using the fuel. Air France-KLM Group on June 29 operated the world’s first commercial flight using a blend including cooking oil. As reported earlier, it is planning 200 test flights from Amsterdam to Paris starting September. Boeing did a trans-Atlantic flight with fuel from the camelina plant.

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