MALAYSIA AIRLINES PREPARED TO USE BIOFUEL
Bernama - Tuesday, January 13
PETALING JAYA, Jan 12 (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is prepared to use biofuel as an alternative if it is commercially available in the market.
Its managing director/chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, said currently, many airlines worldwide were testing the usage of biofuel in order to reduce carbon emissions."We are always looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions. When it (alternative fuel) becomes commercially available, we want to become the first company to embrace it," he told reporters after handing over cheque for RM80,000 to Natural Resources and Environment Ministry here today.
The contribution was from MAS' Voluntary Carbon Offset Scheme (VCOS) that allowed its customers to pledge a contribution towards reducing the effects of carbon dioxide.
The fund is channelled to a trust fund managed by the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) towards the proper management, continued protection and rehabilitation of the degraded parts of south-east Pahang peat swamp forest.
MAS' VCOS launched last June as part of its commitment towards environmental responsibility.
Idris said the airline has already embarked on green programmes by adopting waste mangement practices, energy conservation and increasing the use of biodegradable products.
Meanwhile, undersecretary of conservation and management division of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Dr Lian Kok Fei, said the ministry was working with the Pahang state government, FRIM together with other experts to find ways to promote sustainable development. -- BERNAMA
Jet Biofuel May Be Commercially Viable Soon, Point Carbon Says
By Randall Hackley
Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Aviation biofuel may become commercially viable for passenger carriers within five years following successful test flights, Point Carbon reported, citing the International Airline Transport Association.
Air New Zealand Ltd. is aiming to use biofuel for 10 percent of its needs within four years after a test flight last week using fuel made from the jatropha scrub plant, which bears oil-producing seeds, the Oslo-based carbon-research firm said.
Commercial tests, including a two-hour demonstration yesterday by a Continental Airlines Inc. aircraft using a fuel blend made from algae and jatropha, are increasing.
Japan Airlines Corp. is planning a test flight later this month using fuel refined from camelina, a flowering plant that wheat farmers grow, Point Carbon said. Deutsche Lufthansa AG has a target of using biofuel for 10 percent of its fuel needs by 2020.
U.S. carriers are testing alternative fuels after prices for traditional jet kerosene, which is derived from crude oil, surged to a record $4.36 a gallon in July. Jet-fuel prices have since collapsed about 60 percent amid a global recession.
To contact the reporter on this story: Randall Hackley in London via email@example.com
Last Updated: January 8, 2009 13:57 EST
Are you a PC? Upload your PC story and show the world Click Here! __._,_.___