12 Jul '11, 10am

Could we be entering the era of green air travel?

Could we be entering the era of green air travel?

As the eco-tourism industry grows, the aviation industry has been struggling to offer credible alternatives to carbon-heavy jet fuel for those looking keep their holidays green. Biofuels have been touted as the solution in the past, only to have concerns over links to agricultural displacement and a potentially severe environmental impact curtail implementation. But with the launch of Britain's first biofuel-powered commercial flight approaching, could package holiday giant, Thomson’s solution to the aviation problem be the one we've been waiting for? The 232 passenger Boeing 757 is scheduled to leave 28th July, where two Rolls Royce engines will be powered with a 50-50 mixture of cooking oil and paraffin. Thomson did not have to make any changes to the engines in order to accommodate the new fuel. Both the airline and the Civil Aviation Authority insist the alternative fu...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/out_and_ab...

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