The Boeing Co. on Tuesday announced it has found potential in what’s known as “green diesel” as a sustainable aviation biofuel.
The fuel, made from oils and fats, is already being used in ground transportation and Boeing hopes to one day take it to the skies.
The company said in a press release that its researchers have found the fuel to be chemically similar to existing aviation biofuels that it could eventually be blended with traditional jet fuel.
Boeing is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to get approval for aircraft to fly with the fuel, which emits about 50 percent less carbon dioxide than traditional fossil fuels.
Boeing estimates that current production of “green diesel” in the U.S., Europe and Singapore could supply as much as 1 percent of the global demand for jet fuel.