Rolls-Royce CEO vows to run on sustainable fuel

Rolls-Royce CEO vows to run on sustainable fuel

Warren East, Chief Executive of the aircraft engine maker, said that to prevent aviation becoming an even larger share of global emissions, the sector must do more to become sustainable. Under current UN plans, at least 10 percent of the fuel utilised in global aviation by 2030 will be sustainable. But Mr East has vowed that by 2023, all of the Rolls-Royce Trent family engines propelling many of the world s aircraft will be able to run purely on sustainable fuel.

Asking Sky News how much more it will cost to operate, he boldly responded: It's a question of how much it would cost us not to. The reality is that our planet will be net zero by 2050 and aviation needs to do its part. We want to continue to create engines for long-haul aircraft, so that's what we must do. Sustainable aviation fuel SAF takes many forms, but is often produced from farm crops.

It can be blended with traditional jet fuel and can create up to 75 percent less harmful CO 2 fumes. And Mr East vowed there would be no loss to the performance of engines. What we have announced today is that we intend to make sure all our engines are compatible with sustainable aviation fuel. There are evolutions in the recipe of the fuel, it is possible we will get even better performance from the engines. READ MORE: UK energy crisis: Diesel trains ditched as electric costs soar 200%, like this?

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