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EU Lawmakers Vote to Make Airplane Travel Almost Green by 2050

  • Parliament backs plan to speed up rollout of sustainable fuel
  • Lawmakers avoid inclusion of biofuels harmful to environment

European Union lawmakers backed a rapid increase in so-called sustainable aviation fuels, seen by the industry as the best way to clean up the second-most polluting transport sector.

Parliament voted to raise the share of sustainable aviation fuel available in the region’s airports to 6% by 2030, one percentage point higher than initially proposed by the European Commission last year. They backed plans to boost that to 85% by 2050, of which half must be made using captured carbon dioxide and renewable energy.