Organic waste could make our flights more sustainable. Worldwide, IT systems generate almost twice as much CO2 as all planes in the air – around 1.3 billion tons.
Which is why the head of a Californian IT firm recently founded a startup, which processes biological and agricultural waste in order to help reduce greenhouse gases.
In a closed process, biomass is heated without oxygen, turning it into a glutinous black liquid reminiscent of crude oil. The oil-like substance is then injected deep underground.
Thanks to the wonders of gravity, over time it sinks through various subterranean layers – including water – before settling for good. Several major firms are already onboard.
Permanently neutralising emissions is good, actually reducing them is better still.