How sugar, tobacco or waste gases could power your next flight

Within the next five years, your flight to Durban could be powered, at least in part, by sugarcane-based ethanol or the carbon-rich waste gases from heavy-emitting industries in South Africa.

The country’s alternative fuels for the future of the aviation sector could, too, come from a locally grown modified tobacco plant called Solaris, or biomass from the clearing of water-guzzling invasive alien plants and garden waste. 

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