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Large airline plans to buy fuel made from plants

Over the last couple of years, attempts to makemore environmentally friendly transport expanded beyond just the automotive industry, and began to affect almost all areas of transportation. In this case, the aviation industry is not far behind. For example, one of the major carriers, Delta Air Lines, has agreed with Gevo biofuel producers that the airline will buy 10 million gallons (about 39.4 million liters) of biofuel each year. And there would be nothing interesting if not for one “but”: this fuel is created from what literally is lying under your feet - from corn.

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Atlanta-based Delta AirLines committed to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050. At the same time, as more expensive than conventional fossils, conventional fuels, sustainable “biological” aviation fuels can provide significant environmental benefits, since the carbon footprint of such fuels can be up to 75% less than with standard aviation gasoline.

Long-term investments like oursAn agreement with Gevo is critical to Delta’s goal of reducing spent fuel to the planet’s atmosphere. Says Graham Burnett, senior vice president of Delta Air Lines. Fuel is the largest line of airline expenses, and therefore, in this case, we are interested in the result.

Gevo representatives add that fuel,to be delivered to Delta Air Lines consists of “inedible industrial products obtained from the processing of corn,” which, thanks to a patented process, allow the separation of sugar in these products from protein.

Sugars are then used to producejet fuel, and proteins are fed to livestock, the company said. After capturing and converting livestock manure into special biogas digesters that can displace natural gas based on fossil fuels, the resulting solids are used as fertilizer for the fields, thereby creating a continuous, renewable production cycle.

If successful, Delta Air biofuel projectIn the coming years, Lines will be able to ensure the replacement of about 10% of the annual consumption of jet fuel with its harmless counterpart. Gevo fuel will be produced at its plant in Louverne, Minnesota, and will be available for use by Delta Air Lines in 2022-2023. How do you feel about such initiatives? Write about it in our chat in Telegram.

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This approach cannot be praised, because ifto think, then in this situation everyone wins. The airline will receive more environmentally friendly and cheaper fuel, Gevo will enlist the support of a major partner and will increase production, which in the future will expand the network of customers. And our native planet will become, if not cleaner, then certainly less polluted. I would like others to take the Delta Air Lines as an example.