Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of carbon recycling company LanzaTech, is a key figure in advancing alternative aviation fuels over the last two decades. LanzaTech pioneered a unique process to convert carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into ethanol. They further transformed this ethanol into aviation fuel or polyethylene (plastic). Under Dr. Holmgren, LanzaTech is also developing the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases, with the first ever commercial flight using this sustainable fuel taking off in 2018. This is, of course, very welcome news for us in the travel industry, and makes Holmgren one of the most impactful female activists in travel today. LanzaTech’s main targets for recycling are industrial waste, “stranded” methane, waste forest biomass, and municipal solid waste.
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