Greener by Design Annual Conference: Biofuels for Aviation – Overcoming the Barriers October 16, 2012 London, UK
Future emissions of CO2, the principal greenhouse gas from fossil fuels will have to be reduced to meet global climate concerns. This pressure and the decreasing availability of fossil fuels will bring different challenges for the aviation industry to those facing other transport modes. For aircraft in the foreseeable future there is no real alternative, such as electricity, to kerosene. Thus aviation is faced with a need to generate kerosene from other sources.
Over the last few years huge strides have been made in demonstrating processes that can convert biomass to kerosene. Technical standards have been met and a number of airlines have flown passengers in aircraft partly powered by fuel derived by biomass. The outstanding challenges are now to meet sustainability standards and to manufacture and deliver sufficient quantities of such fuel at a price that does not take aviation beyond the reach of consumers.
The European Commission and industry have published a road map to 2020 but are their objectives achievable? Will the policies of governments across the world support or inhibit progress?
At this conference, expert speakers from industry, government and other sectors will review these challenges and the current state of progress.