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Municipal Waste to Power Modern Aeroplanes is Bound to Make an Impact

According to Waste Fuel, ‘There’s no such thing as waste. There’s just potential fuel.’ Municipal Waste is no exception.

Consumption and waste production are complimentary. All over the world, humans produce 2.01 billion metric tons of solid municipal waste (MSW) every year. The pattern gives no indications of going back.

This is a formidable challenge that Waste Fuel views as an opportunity.

Municipal Waste
A part of the world’s 2.01 billion metric tons of garbage produced in a year

Our transportation is fueling the climate emergency. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector have more than doubled in 50 years and have grown at a very fast pace when compared with any other energy end-use sector.

The demand for travel by air will only increase. Transportation, as a whole, produces 24% of direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion. Emissions from aviation are increasing at an alarming rate.

WasteFuel has seen the climate emergency and has emerged with converting municipal waste into renewable fuels using established technologies. WasteFuel, a start-up, is based in California. It attempts to turn waste into non-fossil based fuel such as green bio-methanol, renewable natural gas and sustainable aviation fuel.

Intending to reduce emissions, WasteFuel utilizes well-known established technologies to convert municipal waste and agricultural trash into green methanol, renewable natural gas, and low-carbon fuels.

WasteFuel’s maiden project is in the Philippines in partnership with Prime Infrastructure and NetJets. It will convert municipal waste into aviation-grade low-carbon fuels that produce 80% less carbon when compared with traditional aviation fuels.

Each one of us yearns for green earth.

As expected, due to its daily imminent growth with the advancement of technology the word “Aviation” is no more a luxury rather a necessity. This obvious necessary sector of the modern world is also responsible for some issues detrimental to our mother nature like different gas emissions which causes the greenhouse effect.

While Fuel efficiency has increased, so has carbon emission

While the aviation industry is more fuel-efficient now the overall emissions have risen as the volume of air travel has increased. By 2020, emissions from aviation were 70% higher than it was fifteen years ago. At this pace, it could grow by another 300% in the next thirty years. These statistics lead us to a NEW DIMENSION where our existence may be endangered if proper spotlights are not focused on the pertinent areas. A praiseworthy initiative by ICAO on this coalition indeed may lead us to a future world of “ZERO EMISSION AVIATION”

Thereby, it has other issues also which need to be addressed. Besides, a gathering named ICAO Global Coalition for sustainable aviation was shaped to work with the improvement of novel thoughts and speed up the execution of imaginative arrangements that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions at source, on the ground and in the air. In addition, the Coalition may be able to provide important input to make further progress in the development for the exploration of a long-term environmental objective for international aviation.

The coalition members relentlessly work on the reconstructing and breakthrough on the following;

  1. Technology,
    1. Operations and Infrastructure,
    1. Sustainable Aviation Fuels,
    1. Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme

Coalition means the agreement between different organizations or people who agree to act together. The global coalition, therefore, means that there will be several groups working as allies to meet some specific purpose for a specific time. Therefore, Global Coalition for sustainable aviation depicts the motive of aviation stakeholders involved in the coalition agreement itself; whose idea and pattern of plan and activities would have a common goal and purpose to promote sustainable international aviation. Aviation being one of the fastest-growing sectors in terms of GLOBALIZATION is essential due to its reach towards remote places, time management, effective utilization of effort etc.

35 Members in coalition

Currently, there are 35 members in this coalition to attain the objectives. The example of members can be stated as FALCON ELECTRIC AVIATION, AIRBUS, SkyNRG, ZEROAVIA etc. where WASTEFUEL being one of the enthusiasts who joined the breed on 20 September 2021.

One day later, that is, on September 21 2021, OpenAirlines joined the group.

Working from Miami, Hong Kong, and Toulouse, OpenAirlines’ main objectives are waste recycling and manage energy consumption. OpenAirlines undertakes reforestation actions in Peru to compensate for CO2 emissions.

OpenAirlines put in almost five years of R&D and rigorous testing under the Clean Sky Project. It then developed a unique eco-friendly solution especially for aviation use – SkyBreathe®. This has helped airlines bring down their costs and, more importantly, the harmful environmental impact.

With SkyBreathe®, airlines can decrease up to 5% their fuel consumption. This enables the saving of millions of dollars and reduces thousands of tons of CO2 emissions every year.

Out of the two biggest plane makers in the world, Airbus is on the list while Boeing is not. Of airlines in India, only Spicejet is there while IndiGo is not there. Spicejet has used biofuels in its operations aimed to minimise the environmental impact.

The coalition participation is seen beyond the aviation sector also which will make it possible to seek the highest possible multiplier effect for the results to be collectively achieved. New emerging solutions and technologies will require new partners, for example, renewable energy, battery etc. For example, FALCON ELECTRIC AVIATION was able to modify a Cessna 150 by replacing the internal combustion engine and fuel tanks with an electric motor powered by batteries. This beautifully engineered prototype is named FEA-1 (Falcon Electric Aviation 1) waiting to take off this year (2021) which will be used for flight education.

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By Kasturi Garg

Prior to her current job she was licensing Slinkies in Delhi. Earned praise for building jack-in-the-boxes in the financial sector. When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop in Delhi, Garg spends most of her time reading, cooking, and traveling which is presently restricted due to the pandemic. She watches Khan's movies and likes to catch up with her favorite KBC shows. An admitted food fanatic, she feeds her addiction to dosas and idlis by going to Bengali Market in Delhi on Sunday afternoons.

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