Boeing showcases eco-friendly technology as industry faces pressure
SEATTLE, Sept.27 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BN) on Monday outlined its efforts to increase the efficiency of its planes, a week after rival Airbus held a similar conference, as global aviation faces a growing political pressure to reduce emissions and environmental demands. groups for air travel brakes.
The American aircraft maker is just one of many companies in the industry pushing hard to make its products more environmentally friendly, although there is some debate over how quickly new technologies will be. adopted.
Boeing’s event in its Seattle flight test hangar was anchored by an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX 9 flying demonstrator equipped with potential upgrades like a drag reducing warning light and fiber cabin sidewalls of recycled carbon.
“Many of our improvements come with many little things at the same time,” Mike Sinnett, Boeing vice president of product development, told Boeing employees, industry and government officials, and the media gathered. inside the building.
Aviation produces up to 3% of human-caused CO2 emissions and 12% of CO2 from transportation, depending on the industry. It has pledged to reduce net carbon emissions to 50% of 2005 levels by 2050.
Last year, the European Airbus (AIR.PA) announced its intention to develop a hydrogen aircraft from 2035. read more
Conversely, Boeing has emphasized the increased use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), made from raw materials such as used cooking oil and animal fats, although this does not not rule out generational technological leaps.
“Focusing on SAF is really important because there are already thousands of planes in the air. The planes that will enter service over the next ten years have already been designed and these engines have been certified,” Sinnett told reporters. later.
“To have a significant impact, we will have toâ¦ expand the use of sustainable fuels,” he said, calling hydrogen and other technologies a “longer-term game.”
Boeing has pledged its fleet will fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.
At present, SAF represents only a tiny amount of overall jet fuel use and jet engines are currently certified to operate on up to 50% of the fuel.
Illustrating the scale of the challenge facing the industry, the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers delivered jets in 2020 estimated to be responsible for total emissions equivalent to 600 million tonnes of CO2 over their lifetimes. , a figure mitigated by the drop in deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more
Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 737 MAX 9, the latest setup in a ten-year-old test program, is set to fly to Glasgow ahead of the UN climate change conference in November, a person familiar with the plan said. .
Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Stephen Coates
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