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Jetliner First to Cross Atlantic on Animal Fat Bio Fuel, But There’s One Major Problem

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The first commercial airliner to make a trans-Atlantic journey using high-fat, low-emissions sustainable aviation fuel flew from London to New York.

This flight is a significant step toward achieving more environmentally friendly air travel.

However, critics quickly pointed out that the fuel isn’t “vegan friendly” because it’s made from animal fat.

The fuel, largely made up of waste fats, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 70%. (Trending: Another Major Company Goes Woke And Goes Broke)

Virgin founder Richard Branson said, “The world will always assume something can´t be done, until you do it.”

While seen as a positive step, the aviation industry is facing challenges in scaling up sustainable fuel production to meet the industry’s net zero target by 2050.

Despite the progress, critics argue that the industry is making misleading claims about the impact of sustainable fuel on carbon emissions.

Holly Boyd-Boland, vice president of corporate development at Virgin Atlantic, said the plan is to “get to enough volume so that we´re flying more sustainable aviation fuel every day.”

Cait Hewitt, Policy Director for the Aviation Environment Federation said, “The idea that this flight somehow gets us closer to guilt-free flying is a joke.”

Adding, “Sustainable aviation fuel represents around 0.1% of aviation fuel globally and will be very hard to scale up sustainably.”

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