Pigs might fry: a sustainable aviation tale

Qantas has successfully flown its first flight using fuel distilled from recycled cooking oil, but a look at the data suggests the aviation sector has plenty to do to convert to more sustainable fuels.

Less than six years after an Australian senior energy bureaucrat announced in a Parliamentary hearing that new technologies can overcome peak oil (“if the price of eggs is high enough, even the roosters will start to lay”) this “chooks-to-liquids” fuel (CTL1) has been further developed into a generation two fuel called “cooking-to-liquids” (CTL2).

In a landmark flight from Sydney to Adelaide last Friday, a Qantas A330 used, in one of its engines, 50 per cent of A1 jet fuel distilled from recycled cooking oil procured from McDonald’s fast food stores in the US.

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