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By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co said on Friday it would begin delivering commercial jets capable of flying on 100% biofuel by the end of the decade, saying it will reduce environmental damage from fossil fuels. it is the “challenge of our life”. Boeing’s goal, which requires advances in jet systems, raising fuel blending requirements and safety certification from global regulators, is central to a broader industry goal of reducing carbon emissions to half by 2050, the US aircraft maker said. “It is a tremendous challenge, it is the challenge of our life,” Boeing’s chief sustainability strategy officer, Sean Newsum, told Reuters. “Aviation is committed to doing its part to reduce its carbon footprint.” Commercial flights currently account for about 2% of global carbon emissions and about 12% of transportation emissions, according to data cited by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Basically, Boeing only has a decade to reach its goal because airliners entering service in 2030 will generally remain in service until 2050. The world’s largest aerospace company must also face the task hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and commissioning. He grounded 20 months of his best-selling passenger jets after fatal accidents, which has affected his finances and engineering resources. Boeing is not starting from scratch. In 2018, he flew the world’s first commercial airliner flight on 100% biofuel on a FedEx Corp (NYSE 🙂 777 freighter. Boeing and its European rival Airbus SE (OTC 🙂 are also working to reduce carbon emissions by reducing the weight and drag of the new aircraft. As it stands now, biofuels are blended directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 mix, which is the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications, Boeing said. Boeing must first determine what changes to make to allow safe flight with alternative fuels derived from used vegetable oil, animal fats, sugar cane, waste and other sources. Boeing needs to work with groups that set fuel specifications like ASTM International to increase the blending limit to allow for expanded use and then convince aviation regulators globally to certify the planes as safe, Boeing said.