World Cup flights fueled by renewable energy


Nick Fetty | June 19, 2014
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in Japan during the 2014 World Cup Trophy Tour. Photo by ken H; Flickr
A McDonnell Douglas MD-83 in Japan during the 2014 World Cup Trophy Tour.
Photo by ken H; Flickr

Inedible corn oil and used cooking oil can be combined to create a renewable jet fuel which will power more than 200 flights on GOL Airlines during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent relative to petroleum-based fuels. This amounts to roughly 185 metric tons of CO2. Honeywell’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology was first developed in 2007. In 2011 an aircraft traveling from North American to Europe became the first to use a 50/50 blend of the green jet fuel and its petroleum-based counterpart.

The United States and Brazil combine for about 70 percent of global biofuel consumption with Brazil being the world’s second-largest biofuel producer. A recent deal between companies in the United States and the United Kingdom looks to construct a plant that will convert post-recycled waste into jet fuel.

Last week, the Iowa Environmental Focus wrote about the Chinese company that has installed solar panels for the various stadiums being used in the 2014 World Cup.

Chinese company to provide solar energy for World Cup


Nick Fetty | June 12, 2014
The United States taking on Guatemala during a qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup. Photo by Brent Flanders; Flickr
The United States taking on Guatemala in Kansas City during a qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup.
Photo by Brent Flanders; Flickr

Yingli Solar looks to become the first carbon-neutral sponsor for the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off today in Brazil.

The 16-year old company contributed more than 5000 solar panels and nearly 30 off-grid solar energy systems to provide power for matches at the various stadiums. Yingli – which is the only Chinese company to sponsor the World Cup – is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. The company hopes to not only “use the World Cup platform to increase the awareness toward the functionality of solar energy in day-to-day use” but also to raise brand awareness in the United States as well as globally. Yingli first got involved sponsoring the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and research shows that customer awareness increased 30 percent because of the sponsorship.

A 2010 study found that the World Cup that year created a carbon footprint equivalent to more than 2,750,000 tons of carbon dioxide. The 2014 tournament is expected to create roughly the same carbon footprint.