World Cup flights fueled by renewable energy


Nick Fetty | June 19, 2014
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in Japan during the 2014 World Cup Trophy Tour. Photo by ken H; Flickr
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in Japan during the 2014 World Cup Trophy Tour.
Photo by ken H; Flickr

Inedible corn oil and used cooking oil can be combined to create a renewable jet fuel which will power more than 200 flights on GOL Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent relative to petroleum-based fuels. This amounts to roughly 185 metric tons of CO2. Honeywell’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology was first developed in 2007. In 2011 an aircraft traveling from North American to Europe became the first to use a 50/50 blend of the green jet fuel and its petroleum-based counterpart.

The United States and Brazil combine for about 70 percent of global biofuel consumption with Brazil being the world’s second-largest biofuel producer. A recent deal between companies in the United States and the United Kingdom looks to construct a plant that will convert post-recycled waste into jet fuel.

Last week, the Iowa Environmental Focus wrote about the Chinese company that has installed solar panels for the various stadiums being used in the 2014 World Cup.

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