Emissions from airline flights are on the rise.

"Could sustainable aviation fuels be the answer? To get to net zero, Canada’s airlines and government are banking on the fuels, which promise to lower emissions produced by planes by as much as 80 per cent."


By Marco Chown Oved, Climate Change Reporter

The Toronto Star, Tue., Aug. 9, 2022


Toronto Island Airport

Carbon emitted by domestic and international flights has increased 25 per cent since 2012, when the federal government published its “Action Plan” to reduce aviation emissions."

"Since then, the only climate commitment Canada has made about aviation is that it will be net zero by 2050, when the entire country is supposed to be as well."

“To get there, airlines and the government are banking on sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), which promise to lower emissions produced by airplanes by up to 80 per cent."

"SAF is jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oils, forestry byproducts and even garbage, refined until it's chemically identical to jet fuel made from petroleum. This means it’s a “drop-in” solution that requires no modification to existing jet engines or airline infrastructure.”

"That simplicity has garnered a lot of enthusiasm. But critics say SAFs are a too-little-too-late solution that masks the only surefire way to reduce aviation emissions – reducing the number of flights taking off every day."

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