According to this New York Times article, the airline company JetBlue has agreed to buy more than 330 million gallons of renewable fuel over 10 years (20% of its annual fuel use at Kennedy International Airport which is 4% of the fuel used throughout its network will be using a biofuel blend). This move was apparently decided based on the desire of the airline to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to “…jump-start the industry and … enable all airlines, very much ourselves included, to diversify our fuel supply.”. Biofuels are made from various sorts of organic matter produced from agriculture, wood scraps, and even municipal waste.
In the last few years there have been good signs of the airline industry shifting towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and switching to more environmentally-friendly fuel sources for their energy needs which is promising. But there is still quite a bit of resistance as it can be hard to get such a global industry to change as easily without complications as they have to figure out new regulations (different jurisdictions may not be as cooperative).
- Amanda Apicella