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Stay Grounded

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Economics

Resource Type

  • Scientific Papers or Reports

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Aviation Greenwashing Fact Sheet - Synthetic Electro-fuels

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Synopsis
  • This fact sheet debunks common greenwashing techniques in the aviation industry related to synthetic electro-fuels. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a relatively new technology, so many students will be learning about it for the first time.
  • The two infographics bring the data to life.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Synthetic electro-fuels face similar problems as electric flight and hydrogen flight. This process simply uses too much electricity that could be used to decarbonize other sectors like transportation and buildings.
  • This is part of a series of greenwashing fact sheets from Stay Grounded.
  • Stay Grounded is a Europe-based network of groups aiming to reduce emissions from aviation.

Differentiation

  • In English class, students could research different airlines like United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Qantas, Emirates, Southwest, or EasyJet. Groups of students could review their marketing materials related to synthetic electro-fuels to see if the companies are greenwashing or not.
  • Science classes could read and discuss this fact sheet after learning about the Fischer-Tropsch process.
  • You could also share this video that explains greenwashing and how to see through greenwashing.
  • Other greenwashing fact sheets from Stay Grounded include efficiency improvements, electric flight, hydrogen flight, and biofuels.
Scientist Notes
The resource underscores e-fuels and how it can decarbonize non-CO2 emissions in the aviation industry. It is insightful to note that its application can increase NOx levels in the atmosphere. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Social Studies
    • Personal Finance & Economics
      • Global Connections (F2): Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and the world, including Maine Native American communities, by analyzing how resource distribution effects wealth, poverty, and other economic factors.
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