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Emissions from the aviation industry could be reduced by 68% thanks to the new plant-based fuel.

Friday, 22 October 2021 10:22

A new investigation confirms that replacing petroleum-based jet fuel to a new sustainable fuel derivative of the mustard plant can reduce carbon emissions by up to 68%. 

Scientist Puneet Dwivedi, Associate Professor at the Warnell School of forest resources, manages a team that considers the balance price and life cycle carbon emissions of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) derived from oil obtained from Brassica carinata, an inedible oilseed crop. This study was published in GCB Bioenergy.


“If we can assure the supplying of raw material and provide economic incentive suitable throughout the supply chain, we can produce SAF of carinata-based at the south of United States”, explains Dwivedi to Science Alert. This fact could help to reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation sector while creating economic opportunities. 


Researchers propose that the government destinates the incentives to reduce the emissions for suggestions like this, such as the tax credits that the Biden administration currently offers. The proposed tax credit requires a 50% reduction in the life cycle carbon emissions, a standard that the carinata exceeds, according to the discovery of the team. 


But the United States doesn’t have enough infrastructure to transform the harvest in biofuel, so scientists are studying the feasibility of future facilities.



Núñez-Torrón, A., 2021. ¿Y si las semillas de mostaza pudiesen salvar a la aviación de un futuro contaminante? Un estudio revela que este biocombustible reduce las emisiones hasta en un 68%. [online] Business Insider España. Available at: <> [Accessed 21 October 2021].


Roca, R., 2021. Un nuevo combustible para aviones de origen vegetal podría reducir las emisiones en un 68%. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 21 October 2021].

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