In an effort to alleviate its universal carbon impact, over the next 10 years Delta airlines will be investing $1 billion into fuel-efficient aircrafts, replacing single-use plastics with a greener substance and more. Ed Bastian, the firm’s Chief Executive pointed out that:
“There’s no challenge we face that is in greater need of innovation than environmental sustainability, and we know there is no single solution.”
The current situation is that it has been very hard for airlines to help preserve the environment since the development and supply of biofuels is minimal and challenging. While technology has advanced so greatly in other parts of the transportation industry, the air travel part lags behind and we are not witnessing any futuristic fuel-efficient planes. Still, Delta is committed to making an impact.
Meanwhile, in California researchers might be closer to a solution. At the Viterbi School of Engineering in Southern California’s University, work is being undertaken in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A metal carbide nanoparticle has been discovered as having the capacity to convert CO2 into fuel. Should this actualize it would be the first ever time a would be able to produce sustainably at low temperature resulting in the production of particles at a low cost, but industrial scale, while at the same time having a substantially lesser impact on the environment, ultimately diminishing greenhouse emissions throughout the world.