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U.S. sets to refuse fossil fuels for aircraft by 2050

08/11/2021 - 07:31

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is discussing eliminating the use of fossil fuels in aviation by 2050 as part of an effort to combat climate change.

Stanislav Doronenko
Stanislav Doronenko
In a joint statement with the European Union in March this year, the U.S. reaffirmed its intention to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and called on other countries to take steps to keep temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Two sources who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters that the administration wants to make 2050 the year when planes will switch completely to fuel from renewable resources. The sources said discussions are in their initial stages, with no specific content given. Three other sources said the White House will hold an online meeting with the industry later this month to discuss the green fuel issue.

White House Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi confirmed that the administration is discussing cleaner fuels, but said nothing about specific dates. "President Biden has proposed investing in encouraging innovation and adoption of clean jet fuels," the agency quoted him as saying. Zaidi similarly noted that the administration is committed to fighting climate change in all sectors of the economy.