alternative fuel


Definition of alternative fuel 

: a fuel for internal combustion engines that is derived partly or wholly from a source other than petroleum and that is less damaging to the environment than traditional fuels alternative fuel vehicles the alternative fuel industry

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The report outlines a variety of strategies that could help achieve that goal—everything from alternative fuels to carbon capture technology to new chemical recipes for the cement product itself. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Cement Producers Are Developing a Plan to Reduce CO2 Emissions," 9 July 2018 The effort, a partnership by South African social enterprise Fetola, WWF, and SkyNRG, aims to create a clean jet fuel supply in South Africa, a country with a long history of developing and using alternative fuels. Munyaradzi Makoni, The Christian Science Monitor, "South African planes may soon fly on waste plants," 27 June 2018 Wilcox's chemical business is teamed with minority partner Maverick Synfuels, a North Carolina firm that makes alternative fuels and chemicals. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage startup’s deal with BP sets stage for unusual North Slope plant," 25 June 2018 Many consumers are mindful of the environment when making purchases — look at the popularity of hybrid vehicles, alternative fuels, locally grown produce and other products designed to use fewer resources and reduce pollution and waste. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Thinking green before spending your green," 27 May 2018 The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that new technologies, alternative fuels and renewable energy could almost fully decarbonize the shipping industry by 2035. Jessica F. Green, Washington Post, "Why do we need new rules on shipping emissions? Well, 90 percent of global trade depends on ships.," 17 Apr. 2018 The administration is pulling out of the Paris climate accord and promoting the dirtiest fossil fuels such as coal at every turn, while watching China and other adversaries eat our lunch on clean alternative fuels like solar and wind. Will Bunch,, "'Did climate change kill … people in Ellicott City?' | Will Bunch," 29 May 2018 Engineers and others involved in the oil and gas/energy industry are finding the need to have broader skills, as the industry continues to expand into renewables, alternative fuels and new technologies. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Engineering still sees great industry demand," 29 Apr. 2018 Louisiana also ranged near the bottom in renewable energy consumption (49th), the number of alternative fuel stations per 100,000 residents (48th), per capita carbon dioxide emissions (47th) and per capita methane emissions (47th). Tristan Baurick,, "Louisiana is second-worst in environmental friendliness: report," 17 Apr. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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