The ongoing debate surrounding travel and how to offset emissions, or even reconsider our approach to traveling, is nothing new. However, it's a discussion that seems to yield no definitive answers, only a multitude of smaller solutions.
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) isn't a novel concept and has been previously addressed. At times, it appears almost too good to be fully believed. Yet, with this sceptical viewpoint in mind, there's a persistent drive to further explore this subject, celebrating every milestone achieved to truly comprehend the immense change this alternative fuel could bring about.
On November 20th, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp announced a groundbreaking achievement: the completion of the world's first trans-Atlantic flight on November 19th, powered solely by SAF. This milestone not only marks a historic trip but also provides crucial data for future longer and more challenging flights, paving the way for more sustainable travel.
Notably, the company revealed that the SAF used in this flight emits 70% less lifecycle CO2 compared to standard jet fuel. Moreover, it contains no aromatics fuel and boasts very low sulphur content. This means the benefits extend beyond CO2 emissions reduction, encompassing less impact on local air quality and fewer non-CO2 effects.
It's important to highlight that this success was a collaborative effort involving companies like Honeywell, Safran, Eaton, and Gulfstream Aerospace. Once again, it emphasizes that the battle against climate change isn't a solitary challenge but rather a collective endeavour.
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