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Cooking oil won't help the aviation industry reach net zero

Ross Clark in The Spectator

"The attraction of SAF [sustainable airline fuels] for airlines is obvious," writes Ross Clark in The Spectator. Manufactured from "waste cooking oil" and "waste vegetable material", the fuel certainly "will do the job – albeit at a current cost of around four times that of normal jet fuel". So while it "might be a useful contribution" it gets the airline industry "nowhere near the holy grail of net zero". 

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Ben Wright in The Telegraph 

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Mikulas Dzurinda on EU Observer

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Josiah Gogarty on UnHerd

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