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Aviation Industry Prepares For 2020 Olympics With Firm Plans For Greener Travel

Boeing and Japanese airlines have made a commitment to to develop sustainable aviation biofuel by the time visitors head to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Boeing and several Japanese airlines have unveiled a roadmap to developing sustainable aviation biofuel in time to use in flights bound for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The five-year plan, in partnership with the American aircraft manufacturer, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines, the Japanese government and the University of Tokyo, calls for a viable and sustainable aviation grade bio-fuel to be ready for use by the time the opening ceremonies kick off.

Boeing Japan President George Maffeo says the endeavor is a step toward reducing the aviation industry’s carbon footprint in the long-term, pointing to a U.S. Department of Energy study that found that replacing jet fuel with biofuels could reduce carbon emissions by as much as 80 percent.

“Boeing is proud to work with Japan’s aviation sector, including customers and the Japanese government, to achieve their ambitious goals for developing sustainable aviation biofuel,” said Maffeo. “Building on our longstanding relationships in Japan, we are committed to help reduce aviation’s carbon emissions and its reliance on fossil fuel.”

The pledge from the Japanese airlines and Boeing comes just days after United Airlines announced a $30 million investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy. United hopes its investment in the Nevada-based firm, which has pioneered an aviation fuel derived from household waste, will give the airline increased access to a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based jet fuel.

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