Biofuel, Partly From Nuts, Is Tested on an Airline Flight

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Virgin Atlantic Airways is the first airline to use biofuel on a commercial flight.  The fuel, derived from babassu nuts and coconut oil, formed 25% of the jet fuel.  The remainder was kerosene, the typical fuel for jet engines.

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Whenever considering an energy resource, you need to look at the entire life cycle. When biofuels are produced from a crop (harvested responsibly and replanted regularly) there are zero net emissions because the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere is taken back up when the crops grow again the next season. When managed responsibly, they will be a key part of our solution to climate change.

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