The U.S. and Australia team to make aviation more environmentally friendlyOctober 4, 2011
Transportation agencies from the U.S. and Australia have partnered to expand the use of alternative energies in the aviation field. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Australian Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism will be working together to develop new technologies that make efficient use of sustainable fuels such as hydrogen and natural gas. The partnership seeks to mitigate the effects of one of the most environmentally damaging forms of travel in the world: Flight.
Together, the agencies will work to make aviation as clean and environmentally friendly as possible. Both agencies will be investigating policies and regulations to determine what can be changed to make alternative energy more appealing to the aviation industry as a whole. The agencies will also be conducting studies on the impacts of alternative energy and how they will affect the economy of each nation. Other Asia Pacific nations will be invited to join in on the effort, which will help the coalition accomplish its aims more quickly and efficiently.
Exactly how long it will take the agencies to conclude the best method of making air travel more efficient is not known. As it stands, the whole of the aviation industry relies heavily on oil. Alternative fuels, like hydrogen, have proven troublesome in the past due to problems with storage and low energy yields. Nonetheless, if the appropriate technology does not exist to make aviation more environmentally friendly, the agencies may likely develop it themselves.