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Hello BEST members,
 
Sustainability has become an important business focus for companies
in a diverse array of industries; the airline industry is among them. The International Air Transportation Association, an airline industry trade group consisting of 240 airlines, has announced hopes to cut 2005 CO2 levels in half by 2050 and replace 6% of the world's jet fuel with biofuels by 2020. Individual airline
companies are playing their part to reduce emissions by attempting trial runs with
many new types of alternative fuels. United Continental is one such company
that has a contract in place for 15 million gallons of alternative fuel. This
is a small percentage of the 18 billion gallons of fuel that United States 
airlines’ use every year but it is a step in the right direction. Other airline
companies are joining in as well; researching jet fuel alternatives made from
trash, tobacco, sugar, and natural gas/gasified coal. South African energy
company Sasol, for example, is using the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert
natural gas/gasified coal into fuel. This process uses a series of chemical
reactions to convert the gas into liquid hydrocarbons. The American Society for
Testing and Materials (ASTM) also approved a process earlier this year that
uses microbes to break down sugars into molecules that can be used in fuel.
While these alternative fuels are currently more costly to produce than traditional jet fuel, the uncertainty of oil in the
Middle East, the importance of sustainable business practices, and the need to
stay ahead of fuel regulations have influenced companies to invest in
sustainable fuel sources for the future. 
 
Gillian Rich. "Airlines Look To Fats, Trash, Sugar To
Power Engines”. Inverstors.com. September 17th 2014. http://news.investors.com/business/091714-717646-airlines-look-to-sugar-fats-trash-to-power-engines.htm
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Brett Nelson
CALS  University Scholar
Soil and Water Science Department
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