JetBlue Expands Sustainable Fuel Usage
Shell and Rolls-Royce sign agreement to accelerate progress towards net zero
The companies will join forces to progress the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in aircraft engines and shape policies that support a net zero pathway for the industry.
In recognition of the scale of the challenge, the MoU will expand and accelerate several existing areas of cooperation between the companies such as advancing the use of SAF. This includes Rolls-Royce’s new SAFinity service, for which Shell is the exclusive SAF supplier, and working together on demonstrating the use of 100% SAF as a full “drop-in” solution. This will see the companies explore opportunities to help progress the use of 100% SAF towards certification, building on Rolls-Royce’s ongoing 100% SAF testing programme.
Cologne Bonn Airport makes SAF avaiblable for airlines
Enerkem's Rotterdam plans change to waste-to-jet plant
Canadian biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam will repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to waste-to-jet to meet growing demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), or biojet.
The facility would process up to 360,000t/yr of "recycling rejects" and produce up to 80,000t/yr of renewable products, of which around 75pc could be SAF and the remainder used for road fuels or to feed circular chemicals production, Enerkem said.
Rescue helicopter first time powered by SAF
The fuel used for the first rescue helicopter flight in Munich was produced by TotalEnergies at its facility in France from used cooking oil, without using any virgin plant-based oil.
TotalEnergies awards contract to NextChem for biojet plant in France
Heathrow introduces SAF availability
Heathrow has successfully incorporated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operation, ahead of the G7 Summit. Working alongside Vitol Aviation and Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, the fuel will be incorporated into the airport's main fuel supply today, and blended to use across flights operating at Heathrow over the next few days.
Air France-KLM, Total, Groupe ADP and Airbus have joined forces to carry out the first long-haul flight powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) (1) produced in France. At 3:40 p.m. today, Air France Flight 342 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport’s Terminal 2E for Montreal with its tanks filled for the first time with sustainable aviation fuel produced in Total’s French plants.
US start-up WasteFuel plans to pump municipal waste-based SAF in the Philippines by 2025
WasteFuel, a California-based sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) start-up, is aiming to have its first biorefinery in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, producing commercial volumes of SAF from municipal waste by 2025.
“Our goal is that by 2025 we have five biorefineries in development and the refinery in the Philippines will be in production by then. If that happens, in rough terms, we will be pumping approximately 32 million gallons a year per plant, giving us an initial total output of 160 million gallons annually. Our goal is to produce a billion gallons of SAF a year,” he said.
Sustainable aviation fuel to be available at Munich Airport from June
Munich Airport has announced that green kerosene will be available to refuel aircraft at the airport from June. After thorough technical testing, the fuel depot at the airport is now being opened for climate-friendly fuels.
First domestic route in Denmark to use sustainable aviation fuel
Ryanair commits to 12.5% sustainable fuel by 2030
Ryanair plans to power 12.5% of its flights with sustainable aviation fuels by 2030, the airline said on Thursday days after the owner of rival British Airways committed to using the fuels to power 10% of its flights.
Group Chief Executive Michael O’Leary, who has pointed to European Union environmental taxes targeting low-cost carriers as a major threat to the sector, had said earlier this month the proportion would likely be just 3-5% in the coming decade.
ANA HOLDINGS announces net zero emissions as part of 2050 ESG goals
ANA HOLDINGS INC.) has announced that it plans to reduce carbon emissions levels from aircraft operations to net zero by 2050 as part of its latest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, updating its target set in July 2020 to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percentby 2050 (compared to 2005 levels).
Atlantic Aviation introduces sustainable aviation fuel in Aspen
Clermont-Ferrand Is First French Airport To Offer SAF
France’s centrally-located Clermont-Ferrand Auvergne Airport is now the first in the country to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The facility is managed by Vinci Airports, the world’s largest private airport operator with 45 airports in 12 countries spanning Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It began pumping SAF last week, with Michelin Air Services as the first customer.
IAG to power 10% of flights with SAF by 2030
International Airlines Group (IAG) has become the first European airline group to commit to powering 10% of its flights with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.
Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines collaborate to advance sustainable aviation fuel
Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel, focusing on public awareness and research and development. The memorandum of understanding also sets the framework to explore a future supply agreement involving Phillips 66’s Rodeo Renewed project in California and highlights the commitment by both companies to a sustainable energy future.
The latter includes Rodeo Renewed, the proposed conversion of the San Francisco Refinery in Contra Costa County, California, into one of the world’s largest renewable fuels facilities, capable of producing an initial 800 million gallons per year of renewable fuels. The project, subject to permits and approvals, is expected to be completed in early 2024.
New alliance to promote benefits of SAF
RMI and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have launched the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA).
Aviation leaders launch first in-flight 100% sustainable aviation fuel emissions study on commercial passenger jet
A team of aerospace specialists has launched the world’s first in-flight emissions study using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a wide-body commercial passenger aircraff.
Neste, NuStar expand renewable fuel hub in Northern California
Neste and NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) announced today that supply trucks are now able to load Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM at the NuStar-operated Selby Terminal near San Francisco, California. The first gallons have been safely picked up and delivered to the nearby Monterey Regional Airport.
United Airlines to Lead Industry Switch to Sustainable Aviation Fuel with Global Corporations, Customers
United Airlines continues to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future with the launch of the first-of-its-kind Eco-Skies Alliance SM program. Working with the airline, more than a dozen leading global corporations will collectively contribute towards the purchase of approximately 3.4 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year. With its nearly 80% emissions reductions on a lifecycle basis compared to conventional jet fuel, this is enough SAF to eliminate approximately 31,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or enough to fly passengers over 220 million miles.
Gulf Air Operated Its First Ever Transcontinental Lower Emission Flight From Finland To Bahrain
Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, recently operated its first ever transcontinental lower emission flight which took off from Helsinki in Finland to Bahrain International Airport. Operated by the airline’s flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the lower emission flight used operated Sustainable Aviation Fuel provided by Neste to perform the airline’s iconic flypast at the 2021 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix last month.
Total Begins Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel in France
Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021.
In this way, Total will be in a position to respond from its production sites in France to new French legislation that calls for aircraft to use at least 1% biojet fuel by 2022, 2% by 2025 and 5% by 2030.
Shell adds to its sustainable aviation portfolio with investment in alcohol-to-jet fuel producer LanzaJet
Oil giant Shell has become the latest investor in alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel technology company LanzaJet, which has global plans to accelerate commercial-scale production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). LanzaJet was launched in June last year through a partnership by LanzaTech and the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
British Airways extends SAF option agreement with Velocys
Sustainable fuels technology company Velocys has reached an agreement to extend the current option with British Airways for the UK waste-to-jet fuel Altalto project to March 2022. Exercise of the option would give both parties equal equity ownership of Altalto.
The UK government has launched a £15 million ($21m) ‘Green Fuels, Green Skies’ competition to support early-stage development of UK sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants with grant funding. Specifically targeted are projects undergoing a front end engineering design (FEED) stage in their development lifecycle and will prioritise those projects closest to the development of first-of-a-kind (FOAK) commercial-scale SAF plant.
Europe’s pilot community is joining a coalition of aviation and environmental organisations, calling for a ramp-up of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) as a scalable, long-term solution to decarbonise aviation. Europe’s environmental ambitions have taken a concrete shape under the EU Green Deal but cutting greenhouse gas emissions remains a major challenge. Yet, pilots see an opportunity for the EU to be an early leader in producing truly sustainable SAFs and untapping their full potential.
Deloitte and American Airlines are to collaborate on an initiative that will enable carbon emissions from business travel undertaken by the global auditing firm to be offset through the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The agreement will reduce life-cycle aviation emissions by 3,050 tonnes, equivalent, says the airline, to around 10,000 passengers flying one-way from New York to Los Angeles. The partnership will explore how a certificate that allocates the emissions reduction value of SAF, currently under development by the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow coalition, can benefit companies seeking to reduce their Scope 3 business travel emissions.
Customers can now purchase SAF from the Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport – the gateway to South West England. The SAF available at Bristol is supplied as a blend of 1/3 SAF to 2/3 fossil fuel and has been designed as a drop-in fuel that is safe to use in existing aircraft. It is identical to traditional jet fuel in terms of its performance and is thoroughly tested by aircraft, engine and component manufacturers to ensure it is compliant and safe. Made from sustainable feedstocks, SAF produces up to 80% fewer lifecycle carbon emissions than the fossil fuel it replaces.
Repsol has successfully produced the first batch of biofuel for aviation at its industrial complex in Tarragona in Spain.
The batch manufactured consists of 10,000 tonnes of aviation fuel — equivalent to the consumption of 145 flights between Barcelona and Los Angeles — and has a bio content of less than 5% in order to comply with the quality requirements established in international specifications.
Eight European transport ministers have called for a harmonised, long-term strategy to decarbonising the air transport sector to include ramping up the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through an EU-wide blending mandate. Hosting a high-level virtual conference, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, said there was a clear goal for aviation to achieve zero-carbon emissions, and the innovation of SAF, in particular synthetic kerosene, would play a crucial role. She said the Dutch ambition was fuel from departing flights would be made up of 14% SAF by 2030 and used the event to showcase a recent flight by KLM from Amsterdam that used 500 litres of synthetic jet fuel produced by Shell from CO2, water and renewable energy, an industry first. EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean said synthetic fuels, including hydrogen, would become one of the most important routes to the sector’s decarbonisation and the forthcoming launch of the RefuelEU Aviation initiative would establish a regulatory framework at the EU level that sent a strong policy signal to producers and investors.
British Airways (BA) has revealed it will operate transatlantic flights partially powered by sustainable fuels as early as next year. BA will purchase SAF from LanzaJet’s US plant to power a number of the airline’s flights from late 2022.The deal also involves LanzaJet conducting early stage planning for a potential large scale commercial SAF biorefinery in the UK.
A consortium consisting of the Rotterdam The Hague Airport (part of Royal Schiphol Group), Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport, global leader for SAF SkyNRG and Swiss direct air capture pioneers Climeworks agreed to further investigate the construction of a demonstration plant producing fully circular SAF with 100% CO2 derived from the air. Based on the positive outcome of a feasibility study for such a plant conducted earlier.
Qantas and BP have formed a partnership to work towards their shared net zero ambitions by jointly exploring opportunities in advanced sustainable fuels, advocacy for further decarbonisation in the aviation sector, renewable power solutions and generation, carbon management and emerging technology. In late 2019, the Australian airline group announced a commitment to a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050 and through its co-chair with International Airlines Group, brought together the members of the oneworld airline alliance to agree the same goal. At the same time as making its 2050 carbon neutrality commitment, Qantas pledged to offset the growth in emissions from all domestic and international operations from 2020, going beyond its obligations under the ICAO CORSIA scheme, although it has since changed the baseline to 2019 following the impact of Covid-19 on 2020 traffic. The airline has also said it would invest A$50 million ($37m) over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry in the country, a key ambition of its collaboration with BP.
Aemetis announces ‘Carbon Zero’ plants designed to produce renewable jet fuel
ECB Group signs biofuel purchase and sale agreement for more than 2.5 billion litres with Shell
ECB Group Paraguay and Shell Trading (US) Company (“Shell”) have signed a multi-year contract that will provide more than 500 million litres of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel per year to Shell, one of the world's largest energy companies. The contract is expected to run from 2024.
Boeing commits by 2030 to produce jets that can burn 100% sustainable fuel
Gevo launches 'Net-Zero' sustainable fuel concept and selects first site
Gevo, Inc. (“Gevo”) (NASDAQ: GEVO), announces the concept of Net-Zero Projects for the production of energy dense liquid hydrocarbons using renewable energy and Gevo’s proprietary technology.
Gevo announces that its project currently planned to be constructed at Lake Preston, South Dakota will be the first Net-Zero Project and will be named “Net-Zero 1.”
Net-Zero 1 is currently expected to have a capacity of 45MGPY of hydrocarbons (for gasoline and jet fuel, based on current take-or-pay contracts), to produce more than 350,000,000 pounds per year of high protein feed products for use in the food chain, to produce enough renewable natural gas to be self-sufficient for the production process needs, and also to generate renewable electricity with a combined heat and power system. Net-Zero 1 is also expected to utilize wind energy.
Red Rock and Shell have entered into a cellulosic fuel purchase and sale agreement in which Shell will purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from Red Rock’s new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. Shell will distribute the SAF to Red Rock’s existing airline customers and market Red Rock’s cellulosic renewable diesel fuel.
Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for renewable aviation fuel in Norway.
Located in Herøya, Porsgrunn, Norsk e-fuel is generating renewable fuels from CO2 & water using 100% renewable electricity. The output of the first plant will provide enough to cut CO2 emissions of the top five domestic aviation routes in Norway in half.
By 2023 we will start operating our first industrial plant in Herøya providing 10 Mio. liters of renewable fuel annually for the Norwegian and European fuels market.
The location of the first plant in Herøya perfectly fits the needs for the envisioned upscaling until 2026. With a production capacity of 100 Million liters annually, the plant layout will serve as blueprint for following nationwide roll-out.
LanzaTech launches LanzaJet
LanzaTech has officially launched a new branch called LanzaJet, which will focus solely on the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels. This launch was supported by investments from the Canadian energy company, Suncor Energy Inc. and Japanese trading and investment company, Mitsui & Co. Ltd., coupled with participation from All Nippon Airways (ANA), and the U.S. Department of Energy.
LanzaJet hopes to establish a pilot scale production facility capable of producing 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel per year starting in early 2022.
Nest egg + Renewables help protect Neste in 2020 – Even with COVID-19 uncertainty, Neste hits renewables production record
According to Neste's CEO, Peter Vanaker, and Vice President of Innovation at Neste’s Aviation Feedstock Business Platform, Jason Blake, sustainable aviation fuels still show promise, despite the current uncertainties in the aviation industry due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is looking into new feedstocks such as algae and municipal solid waste, while also moving forward with plans to expand their Singapore facility. Neste hopes to have the capacity to produce 1 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel by 2022.
The UK’s first waste-to-jet fuel plant takes a step forward as Velocys secures planning permission
Velocys has received approval to proceed with the construction of their waste-to-jet fuel production facility in north-east England.
The company hopes to start construction on the facility in 2022, and to start producing sustainable aviation fuels in 2025. The plant will convert "hundreds of thousands" of tonnes of non-recyclable household and commercial waste into sustainable aviation fuels for Shell and British Airways.
ASTM approves pathway for production of microalgae-based sustainable aviation fuel developed by Japan's IHI
A seventh annex has been added to ASTM standard D7566, approving the use of the HC-HEFA-SPK pathway for the production of sustainable aviation fuel. This fuel, produced by the Japanese company IHI, can now be blended into jet fuel, up to 10% by volume.
This is the first fuel to be approved through the ASTM's expedited fast-track review process, with support from the Commercial Aviation Fuels Initiative (CAAFI).
Gevo Tightens Belt, Plans to Push Forward with Project Funding Amid COVID-19 Layoffs
In response to the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, Gevo has suspended production operations at their Luverne, Minnesota facility until further notice. Projects at the Luverne facility will continue to be carried out, with the expectation that the facility will be on track to meet delivery contract in the 2023-2024 timeframe.
Gevos' Silsbee, Texas facility will continue operations.
Following Brisbane trial, Gevo secures Australian funding towards sustainable aviation fuel evaluation project
Gevo, the U.S.-based renewable jet fuel producer, will launch an assessment of a waste-to-biofuel project in Queensland Australia. This assessment will receive funding form the Queensland governemnt through the Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund. The W2B Fund encourages the development of pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts.
This project follows Gevo's sucessful completion of a sustainable aviation fuel trial at Brisbane Airport in 2019, which was supported by Virgin Australia and the Queensland government.
JetBlue closes airline industry’s first sustainability-linked loan with BNP Paribas as it aligns financial strategy with ESG goals
JetBlue announced that they have secured a sustainability-linked loan (SLL) with global bank BNP Paribas. The terms of this SSL are linked with JetBlue's environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and objectives.
JetBlue is also in the process of reviewing their financial partners' sustainability strategies and commitments and is shifting more business toward those partners with strong ESG targets.
USDA targets 30% biofuels by 2050
In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, specifically, focusing on stimulating innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40% while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. Part of this plan is to achieve market-driven blend rates of 15% of transportation fuels in 2030 and 30% of transportation fuels by 2050.
Delta commits $1 billion to become first carbon neutral airline globally
From 1 March 2020, Delta is committing $1 billion over the next 10 years to mitigate their emissions. This funding will be invested in innovative new technologies, CO2 and waste reductions projects, and other activities to mitigate emissions.
As a part of this commitment, Delta has partnered with industry leaders to advance the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels. Their partners in this initiative include Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels and Gevo.
Gevo/Agri-Energy Earns Sustainability Certification from an Independent International Watchdog Group, the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)
Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota facility has received certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) for their sourcing of corn feedstock for the production of Isobutanol. RSB's Executive Director, Rolf Hogan, highlighted that this certification demonstrates that, "key components of jet fuel can be produced in a way that not only dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also ensures real positive social and environmental impacts."
UK aviation industry commits to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 despite a 70% growth in passengers
The industry partners involved in the UK Sustainable Aviation coalition have pledged to collectively achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. These partners included airlines, airports, and aircraft manufacturers. The partners believe that this goal can be achieved through a combination of in-sector approaches, such as sustainable aviation fuels, and market-based measures.
Delta partners with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels among actions toward more sustainable future
Delta announced that they have entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements for the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel. This announcement follows Delta's $2 million investment in an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF). If the fuel is produced as a result of this feasibility study, the fuel will be used for Delta's operations out of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.
This agreement compliments Delta's recent offtake agreement with Gevo for fuel production in Minnesota, expected to be available between 2022-2023.
Neste to Deliver SAF to Zurich Airport During the World Economic Forum
During the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland, Neste will deliver sustainable aviation fuels to Zurich Airport. This will be the first time that sustainable aviation fuel is available in Switzerland.
This delivery is made possible by the WEF, Zurich Airport, and the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition), which includes EBAA, GAMA, IBAC, NATA and NBAA.
Alaska Airlines endorses Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Alaska Airlines has become the first airline to endorse Washington State's proposed Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, hopes that the implementation of such a policy will scale up the use of biofuels in the aerospace industry and incentivise airports to become involved in the transition to sustainable aviation fuels.
New Collaboration to Increase Supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
Shell Aviation and World Energy have announced a long-term collaboration to scale-up the availability of sustainable aviation fuel.
The partners also announced that they have begun supplying sustainable aviation fuel to Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines flights departing from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Frankfurt, Munich, and Zurich. Over the course of the agreement, up to one million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel will be provided to SFO.
Delta enters offtake agreement with Gevo for 10M gallons per year of sustainable aviation fuel, creates long-term carbon solution
Delta has announced that they will purchase 10 million gallons of advanced renewable fuels, including sustainable aviation fuels, from Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota facility. This fuel is expected to be available for use by 2022-2023.
This offtake agreement complements Delta's recent $2 million investment in the development of a sustainable aviation fuel feasibility study being conducted by Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels.
Etihad Airways teams with Boeing on “Greenliner” which will include biofuel flights
Etihad Airways and Boeing announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.
Etihad also announced that it would operate a Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2020.
Velocys fulfils order for biorefinery project in Japan
In the UK, Velocys announced it has constructed and now delivered Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactors and catalyst to Toyo Engineering Corporation (Toyo) for use in a biomass-to-jet fuel demonstration facility in Nagoya, Japan
Gevo Enters into a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Gevo has signed a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel. With the finalization of this new supply contract, Gevo will supply sustainable aviation fuel to SAS from Gevo’s expanded Luverne, Minnesota plant, which is expected to be constructed over the next several years.
Qantas Group to Slash Carbon Emissions
Qantas Group has announced plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050, including the adoption of immediate plans to reduce their CO2 emissions. In support to this goal, Qantas has pledged to invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry. Qantas will collaborate with governments and the private sector to support the development of sustainable aviation fuels in Australia and around the world.
Vertimass Selected by U.S. Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technology Office to Receive Up to $1.4 Million Award to Optimize Renewable Jet Fuel
Vertimass LLC announces that Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will receive a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million to optimize jet fuel production. The cooperative agreement would aid Vertimass in its mission to commercialize "green" catalyst technology that converts ethanol into a valuable renewable jet fuel compatible with the current jet fuel infrastructure.
University of Manchester researchers make headway producing bio-based jet fuel using seawater bacteria
Researchers from The University of Manchester are using synthetic biology to explore a more efficient way to produce the next generation of bio-based jet fuels partly made from a type of bacteria that grows in seawater.
Aircraft Fly Green to NBAA on AvFuel's Sustainable Avition Fuel at AvFlight Salina (KSLN)
As operators traveled to the 2019 NBAA BACE Event, Avflight in Salina, Kansas offered Avfuel’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). In total, Avfuel supplied 7300 gallons of SAF to the airport with the sustainable product providing 2 metric tons reduction in the life cycle CO2 emissions. Purchasers included high-profile OEMs such as Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Honda Jet and Cessna Textron.
KLM and Microsoft join forces to advance sustainable air travel
KLM and Microsoft signed a Letter of Intent in Washington to explore cooperation focused on sustainable air travel. The agreement includes commitment to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, through KLM's Corporate BioFuel Program. Microsoft will purchase an amount of sustainable aviation fuel equivalent to all flights taken by Microsoft employees between the USA and Netherlands (and vice versa) on KLM and Delta Airlines.
Board Now Leads the Way Towards Sustainable Flying
SkyNRG has officially launched the ground-breaking "Board Now" programme. Through this programme, companies reduce their own business air travel emissions and at the same time contribute to the development of a new production facility for sustainable aviation fuel. Board Now is the world’s first program that enables companies to contribute directly to the development of this industry and actively paves the way for the energy transition in the aviation sector. A number of renowned organizations, such as PwC and Skyscanner, have already signed-up to the program.
Biofuel planes may fly 10 crore passengers by 2030
During the UN Climate Summit in New York, the chairman of SpiceJet, Ajay Singh, announced a goal of flying 100 million passengers with sustainable aviation fuel by 2030. Singh emphasized the need for all stakeholders to work together in order to achieve this goal, while also calling on innovative solutions such as electric aircraft.
SAS AB : travelers can now buy biofuel
Travellers on SAS now have the option to purchase alternative fuel when booking a ticket, or anytime before their flight. This option provides passengers with the ability to lessen their climate impacts when flying and will support the efforts of SAS to reduce their CO2 emissions by 25 percent.
SAS does not make a profit from passengers' fuel purchases, as the funds go directly towards alternative fuel purchases that have already been made by the airline.
Delta invests $2 million for study of potential facility to produce biofuel
Delta Airlines has announced that they will invest 2 million USD to partner with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels LLC. The partners will investigate the feasibility of establishing a sustainable aviation fuel production facility in the U.S. state of Washington. This fuel would be made from forestry residues in the state and could be used by Delta operations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Avfuel to Demonstrate Viability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Jackson Hole Aviation (KJAC)
During a demonstration event at Jackson Hole Airport from 3-4 September 2019, Avfuel will provide sustainable aviation fuel for all aircraft operators flying in and out of the airfield. Avfuel hopes that this event will bring greater awareness of sustainable aviation fuel to the business aviation community.
In total, Avfuel will supply 7,300 gallons of sustainable aviation fuel, sourced from Gevo.
British Airways And Shell Venture To Convert Rubbish Into Jet Fuel
Following the announcement of a partnership between British Airways and Velocys earlier in 2019, the partners have now submitted plans for a commercial waste to aviation fuel facility. The facility will be located in Immingham, North East Lincolnshire.
The facility will convert half a million tones of non-recyclable household and commercial solid waste per year into sustainable aviation fuel.
Lufthansa Innovation Hub launches the "Compensaid" sustainability platform and focuses on CO2 neutral aviation fuels
Lufthansa has launched a new platform called "Compensaid" that allows passengers to offset their air travel emissions with sustainable aviation fuel purchases. The platform is available for passengers on any airline, but the fuel purchased will be used by Lufthansa within a period of six months.
The first version of this tool was made available in August 2019.
Finnair flies its first “Push for change” biofuel flights from San Francisco to Helsinki
Finnair has flown the first biofuel flights backed by its “Push for Change” initiative. On both August 5 and 7, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent, reducing the total CO2 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons.
Heathrow Urges Government to Invest APD in Sustainable Fuels
Heathrow Airport has invested more than £100 million on sustainability initiatives over the past six years and plans to operate “carbon neutral airport infrastructure” from 2020. It is also aiming to achieve zero carbon airport infrastructure “much sooner” than the government’s 2050 target.
The airport is urging the government to focus on incentivizing the decarbonisation of the aviation industry by setting targets and prioritizing sustainable aviation fuels.
Biofuels and carbon offsets power Delta’s first carbon-neutral flights
Delta will receive 20 carbon-neutral aircraft deliveries from the Airbus facility in Mobile, Alabama, US. The first delivery was an A321 which took flight on 12 July 2019. These carbon-neutral flights are made possible through the use of carbon offsets and sustainable aviation fuel. The fuel is provided through a partnership with AirBP, which supplies fuel to the Airbus facility.
Avinor Partnership for production of sustainable aviation fuel
With investments and support from Avinor and Enova, Quantafuel will establish a pilot plant for sustainable aviation fuel production in eastern Norway. The plant will convert residues from the Norwegian forestry industry into fuels that Avinor can deploy at its airports. Avinor has already agreed to purchase fuel for NOK 8 million.
Sustainability Series: Why should we invest in sustainable aviation fuel?
The Royal Schiphol Group has a vision for net-zero-carbon aviation by 2050 and has taken many actions to help reach that goal. In line with these efforts, the group recently announced their participation in two sustainable aviation fuel projects.
Royal Schiphol Group signed a multi-party agreement to study the production of synthetic kerosene from captured atmospheric carbon dioxide, water and solar energy. This project eventually hopes to construct a pilot facility at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, which will produce approximately 1,000 litres of sustainable kerosene per day.
Royal Schiphol Group also invested in the SkyNRG project, which is expected to become the first facility dedicated to the production of sustainable aviation fuels in Europe.
Göteborg Landvetter receives supply of bio jet fuel
For the third year in a row, Göteborg Landvetter Airport has received a batch of sustainable aviation fuel. The batch received in June 2019 was produced by Neste and purchased by Swedavia, as a part of Swedavia's initiative to offset the emissions from their corporate travel.
The other airports that received fuel as a part of this purchase were Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Malmö Airport, Umeå Airport and Åre Östersund Airport.
Virgin Australia Brisbane biofuel trial hits 1 million km milestone
Virgin Australia and its sustainable aviaiton fuel project partners have annoucned that over 700 Virgin Australia flights have used a blend of Gevo's fuel, totalling 1 million kilometers flown. This partnership was announced in October 2017 and the first batch of fuel was delivered in August 2018.
Boeing to Expand Investment in Brazil’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry
Boeing has announced that they will invest 1 million USD in Brazil's sustainable aviation fuel development and deployment efforts. Boeing will partner with the World Wide Fund for Nature and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to identify potential small farmers with the potential to provide biomass for sustainable aviation fuel production.
Boeing has already invested more than 2 million USD in similar southeast Brazilian projects throughout the past ten years, and they have plans to continue facilitating this local work.
SkyNRG teams with University of Limerick to explore development of Irish aviation biofuel production
In Ireland, the Bernal Institute at University of Limerick signed a deal with SkyNRG to explore the development of sustainable aviation fuel manufacturing in Ireland. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Bernal and the Netherlands-based firm SkyNRG was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Trade, Sigrid Kaag, during the Dutch Royal Visit and Trade Mission in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.
ANA and LanzaTech Sign Offtake Agreement for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
ANA has signed an offtake agreement to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from LanzaTech. LanzaTech aims to deliver the first batch of this fuel by 2021.
ANA hopes that this purchase will help the company meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of their efforts to become the most eco-friendly airline group in the world.
European research project claims breakthrough in production of renewable jet fuels from sunlight
A project funded by the EU and Switzerland claims to have made a breakthrough in producing renewable jet kerosene from sunlight, water and CO2. The SUN-to-LIQUID project follows on from an earlier project, SOLAR-JET, that developed the technology to achieve the first-ever production of solar jet fuel in a laboratory environment.
United Airlines Makes History Flying the Most Eco-Friendly Commercial Flight of its Kind
In honour of World Environment Day, United operated a "Flight for the Planet" with a focus on reducing the environmental impacts. As a part of this flight, United became the first known airline to incorporate all of the following activities into a single flight: utilization of sustainable aviation fuel; zero cabin waste efforts; carbon offsetting; and operational efficiencies.
Neste: Finland to join Nordic forefront in reducing emissions in aviation
Finland’s incoming government has introduced its Government Programme which includes ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035. As part of reducing transport-related emissions, the share of biofuels in aviation is targeted at 30% through a blending obligation.
Canada Announces Four Finalists for The Sky's the Limit Challenge $5-Million Grand Prize
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced the finalists of the Impact Canada The Sky's the Limit Challenge with each finalist receiving up to $2 million to develop his or her solution. The finalists will now enter an 18-month period to produce the fuel. In March 2021, the team with the best sustainable aviation fuel will be awarded a $5-million Grand Prize to help commercialize their innovation.
India certifies 10% aviation biofuel for air force’s AN-32 aircraft
India's Centre for Military Aviation Certification has certified the use of 10% aviation biofuel for blending with fossil-based fuels for the Indian Air Force’s fleet of more than AN-32 aircraft, amount to about 100 million liters of biofuel consumption annually.
KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy greenlight the world’s largest stand-alone sustainable aviation fuels project
SkyNRG has announced plans to establish their first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel refinery. This refinery will be the first in the world dedicated to sustainable aviation fuel production, and the first facility in Europe to produce certified sustainable aviation fuel. As a result, KLM has committed to purchase 75,000 tonnes of aviation fuel from SkyNRG annually over a 10-year period.
SkyNRG hopes to establish sustainable aviation fuel development and deployment facilities in several aviation hubs throughout Europe over the coming years.
United Airlines: Expanding our commitment to powering more flights with biofuel
United Airlines has agreed to purchase an additional 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel from World Energy over the course of the next two years. This contract extends the original purchase agreement signed in 2009 between United and World Energy, then AltAir Fuels.
The fuel supply from the original agreement began in 2016, leading United Airlines to become the first and only U.S. airline to use sustainable aviation fuel on a regular basis.
Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste collaborate to achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’
Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste recently coordinated and carried out a "perfect flight" from Halmstad City airport to Stockholm Bromma airport.
The flight carried 72 passengers using optimized flight management systems and Neste's sustainable aviation fuel. Following the flight, Stockholm Bromma airport held a responsible aviation seminar, where the project partners shared details of how the perfect flight was achieved.
World Fuel to Supply Gevo’s Sustainable Jet Fuel for First of its Kind European Demonstration Event
In preparation for the first ever European Fueling the Future: Sustainable Aviation Jet Fuel demonstration, fuel producer Gevo supplied drop-in sustainable alcohol-to-jet fuel to World Fuel Services Corporation. This fuel was then delivered to TAG Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom, for use in business jets and general aviation aircraft.
Gevo discusses plans to decarbonize Luverne plant
According to Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, the company is making progress towards lowering their carbon score, through work on renewable electricity and renewable natural gas (RNG). In addition to the environmental benefits of these projects, it is also expected that there will be economic benefits for the company.
Specifically in regard to jet fuel production, Gevo is considering a project at the Luverne, Minnesota facility that could expand hydrocarbon capacity to approximately 1 million gallons per year.
British Airways and Velocys anticipate starting UK sustainable jet fuel production in 2024
British Airways and Velocys are converting a new facility capable of producing waste-to-jet fuel. This facility will be located north of Heathrow Airport, with a pipeline that connects the facility directly to the airport. The project partners expect that their new facility will be operational in 2024.
This announcement coincided with British Airway's announcement of the ‘BA 2119: Future of Fuels’ competition winners. The winning team came from the University College London (UCL) to present their Waste Wind Wing (WWW) project.
Government subsidies needed for biofuels: Qantas
Leading up to Australia's next federal election, Qantas has been discussing the role of sustainable aviation fuels with both the current federal government and the opposition. Qantas is interested in establishing a local biofuel industry in Australia as quickly as possible, and is hoping to receive government support for the project.
Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel wins award for reduction of black carbon emissions
In Finland, the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps developed a campaign aimed at speeding up emissions reduction, finding new solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing understanding of how black carbon accelerates climate change.
Part of this campaign included a competition related to effective ways to reduce black carbon emissions, whihc was recently granted to Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel.
Announcement from Norway - More advanced biofuel in aviation
Norway has become one of the first contries in the world to require the use of alternative fuels in the avation industry. From 1 January 2020, 0.5 per cent of avation fuel sold in Norway will be advanced biofuels.
This agreement is Norway's latest move to reach their ambitious greenhouse gas emission reductions targets for the transportation sector.
Finnair expands its Push for Change offsetting initiative
Finnair is expanding its "Push for Change" CO2 offsetting service for customers, including both CO2 offsetting and biofuel purchasing. Air travellers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flight by supporting CO2 reduction projects, or decrease the CO2 emissions of their flights by purchasing biofuel.
Boeing offers biofuel to customers flying their new commercial jets home
Boeing has announced that they will begin offering customers the option of fuelling their delivery flights with sustainable aviation fuel. The fuel will be purchased from World Energy's Paramount, California location and delivered to Boeing's Puget Sound delivery centers in Seattle and Everett, Washington by EPIC Fuels.
Alaska Airlines, the first airline to participate in this initiative, will receive three new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft using this fuel later this year.
Biofuel-blended ATF to fire IAF fleet in test run over two years
The Indian Air Force is planning to test alternative fuel in its entire aircraft fleet over the course of the next two years. India is exploring the possibility of converting sixty eight different types of oils into aviation fuels. Different types of fuels will be developed in Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Chhattisgarh. Each of these locations are expected to produce 1,000 litres of fuel a day, in order to provide a 10 per cent blend of fuel for the flight trials.
Every 100 flight hours, the Indian Air Force will test the engine performance of each aircraft used in this trial, in order to monitor any possible changes.
Velocys announces amended agreement with Red Rock Biofuels
Red Rock Biofuels has requested several changes to the supply agreement with Velocys in order to ensure that the Lakeview, Oregon facility can be completed within the desired timeline. Velocys has agreed to accelerate the delivery of the first four Fischer-Tropsch reactors and the first four charges of catalyst. Velocys considers this as an opportunity to demonstrate the company's commitment to delivering for their client.
The Lakeview facility is expected to convert 136,000 tons of wood biomass per year into approximately 15.1 million gallons of advanced drop-in biofuels, including jet, diesel and naptha fuels.
Biofuel use reduces aviation emissions and contrail cirrus climate effects
The German Aerospace Center and NASA are conducting joint research flights to investigate the effect of different fuel blends on soot emissions and the associated formation of ice crystals. The ice crystals formed from soot emissions are responsible for the formation of cirrus contrails, which are linked with climate warming impacts.
The researchers have found that the use of a 50:50 blend of alternative fuel and Jet A aviation fuel could reduce soot-related ice crystal formation by 80%. They are continuing to test methods of reducing soot emissions through the use of various alternative fuels.
Airports, airlines join Putrajaya’s fight against anti-palm oil lobby
Due to concerns over deforestation, the European Parliament has plans to ban palm oil in biofuel from 2021. The Malaysian Ministry of Primary Industries is concerned that such a ban could have a significant socio-economic impact in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand and has started a "Love MY Palm Oil" campaign to spread awareness of these issues.
Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB), Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Airways and AirAsia have all recently joined these government efforts to counter the anti-palm oil campaign in Europe.
Gevo and Avfuel Partner to Supply Sustainable Jet Fuel for the Business Jets Fuel Green Event at Van Nuys Airport
At a recent business aviation event held at Van Nuys Airport in California, event participants, including corporate fleets, charter companies, government operators and others, were given the opportunity to refuel with blended alcohol-to-jet fuel. This fuel was developed by Gevo and provided to the event through funding from Avfuel Corporation.
Avfuel and Gevo have signed a multi-year fuel purchase agreement, which will allow the companies to offer fuel to large corporation with corporate jets that want to lower their emissions.
Etihad Airways Flies the World’s First Flight Using Fuel Made in The UAE From Plants Grown in Saltwater by Khalifa University
Etihad Airways has operated the world's first commercial flight using sustainable aviation fuel produced in the United Arab Emirates. This fuel was developed by the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) of the Masdar Institute.
The SBRC partners have been working collaboratively to develop a supply chain that supports the aviation industry, the oil and gas industry, food production, and the creation of a new agriculture alternative in the UAE.
Also view the GFAAF page dedicated to this project: here
Finnair introduces CO2 offsetting and biofuel service for customers
Finnair has established a service that provides customers the option to offset their CO2 emissions by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or through purchasing biofuel. In regard to purchasing biofuel, customers have the option to reduce emissions on a return flight in Finland, return flight within Europe, or return intercontinental flight.
The fuel is available through Finnair's partnership with SkyNRG, and is produced from used cooking oil in California.
Japan Airlines to fuel flights with sustainable aviation fuel
By the end of January 2019, Japan Airways plans on operating select flights from San Francisco to Tokyo Haneda with sustainable aviation fuel. The fuel will be supplied by Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.
Japan Airlines will continue to invest in the use of sustainable aviation fuel, with a goal of operating daily sustainable aviation fuelled-flights in the medium-term.
Biofuel used for refuelling at five Swedavia airports
Five airports in Sweden have received alternative fuel in the month of December. Since 2016, Swedavia, Sweden's largest airport authority, has purchased approximately 450 tonnes of alternative fuel annually.
Swedavia would like all ten of their airports to be fossil-free by 2020.
Fulcrum selects Indiana as location for next biofuels plant
Fulcrum BioEnergy has announced that their next biofuel plant will be established in Gary, Indiana. This facility, called the Centerpoint BioFuels Plant, will convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into transportation fuels. Construction is expected to begin in 2020 and last for approximately 18-24 months.
Fulcrum is currently constructing their first MSW-to-fuel plant near Reno, Nevada. Fuel production at this facility is expected to begin in early 2020.
Neste strengthens its global leading position in renewable products with a major investment in Singapore
Based on the growing demand for low-carbon fuels, Neste has announced that they will make additional investments in renewable product production at their Singapore refinery. The facility produces renewable products such as diesel, aviation fuel, and various raw materials. As a cost of approximately 1.4 billion Euros, this investment will increase the facility's renewable product production capacity by about 1.3 million tons per year. Neste expects that the new production line will start in the first half of 2022, bringing their total renewable product capacity up to 4.5 million tons per year.
Kalmar Airport, airlines and businesses work towards future fossil-free flights to Stockholm
Under a unique new agreement, starting in 2019, all domestic flights from Kalmar Öland Airport to Stockholm will use at least a 5 per cent blend of alternative fuel. The airlines SAS and BRA will pay for half of the additional fuel cost, while Kalmar Öland Airport will secure funding for the other half.
This agreement will require the delivery of approximate 80 tonnes of alternative fuel, to be supplied by Air BP.
British Airways launches sustainable aviation fuels university challenge
As a part of the sustainability commitments made by British Airways, and parent company International Airlines Group (IAG), a new challenge has been launched across universities in the UK. This contest, titled the "Future of Aviation Fuels Challenge" encourages UK academics to develop new sustainable aviation fuels, with a focus on carbon reductions, innovation, value to the UK economy, and the feasibility of implementation.
With support from Cranfield University, the contest winners will be awarded 25,000 EUR.
Renmatix and Gevo Sign a Joint Development Agreement
Renmatrix and Gevo have signed a joint development agreement, which will include an evaluation of the commercial feasibility of creating cellulosic hydrocarbons for jet fuel from Renmatix's technology.
Renmatix's technology converts cellulosic feedstocks like wood and agricultural wastes into cellulosic sugars, and Gevo's technology uses these sugars to develop jet fuel. This partnership could provide the opportunity produce affordable low-carbon jet fuel at a larger scale.
Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS, and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport
In partnership with KLM, SAS, and Finnair, Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel at San Francisco Airport (SFO).
This fuelling launch at SFO is only the initial phase, with the project partners expressing interest in establishing longer-term, more resilient supply chains for sustainable aviation fuels.
Heathrow lays out a roadmap for achieving a carbon neutral growth future
Heathrow Airport has published a Carbon Neutral Roadmap to help lead the airport towards carbon neutral growth. As a part of this roadmap, the airport highlighted its commitment to deploying sustainable aviation fuel.
Heathrow Airport is already providing support to the LanzaTech/Virgin Atlantic sustainable aviation fuel project, and is exploring ways to deploy this fuel at Heathrow. Heathrow Airport is also interested in establishing partnerships with airlines, similar to the initiatives of Swedavia and the Fly Green Fund in Sweden.
CSIR searching for commercial partner to run flights on biofuel
India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is interested in finding partners that will use the group's alternative fuels on commercial and defense aircraft. CSIR's Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun was responsible for the development of the alternative fuel that SpiceJet used on India's first alternative-fuelled flight, which was carried out last month.
Delta refinery to use feedstock from waste plastic
Monroe Energy, an oil refinery owned by Delta Airlines, will develop a portion of their jet fuel from waste plastic. This announcement follows an agreement between Monroe Energy and Agilyx, an environmental technology and development company.
By 2020, Agilyx is expected to supply Monroe Energy with about 2,500 barrels of synthetic feedstock per day.
Praxair Signs Long-Term Agreement to Supply Fulcrum’s Sierra BioFuels Plant in Nevada
Praxair has signed a long-term agreement to supply oxygen to Fulcrum Bioenergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant. The facility is currently under construction in Nevada, with operations expected to commence in 2020.
Praxair's proprietary technology will be used to help Fulcrum transform municipal solid waste into high-quality syngas, which can then be converted into low-carbon transportation fuels including crude, jet fuel, and diesel.
Jet biofuel mass production to begin in Japan
Euglena, a Japanese biotechnology company, has completed the construction of their first full scale alternative fuel refinery. Using algae and waste oils, this refinery will be able to produce 125 kiloliters of jet fuel and biodiesel per year.
ANA Holdings has partnered with Euglena, in the interest of fuelling their commercial departures from Japan with alternative fuels by 2020.
Finnish refiner Neste 'on crest of a wave' with renewables
Neste has announced that in December 2018 they will make the final investment decision on establishing a plant in Singapore. The Singapore facility would be focused on the production of biofuels, including aviation fuel.
World Energy invests $350M to expand Paramount biofuel production
World Energy has announced that they will invest 350 million USD into upgrading their Paramount, California fuel refinery. These upgrades will take two years and will allow the facility to become one of the cleanest fuel refineries in the world.
World Energy expects to process a total of 306 million gallons of renewable jet, diesel, gasoline, and propane annually.
First Anniversary of the 2050 ICAO Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels
One year ago, on 13 October 2017, the second ICAO Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/2) endorsed the 2050 ICAO Vision for Sustainable Aviation Fuels. In the year since this agreement was reached, the SAF industry has been tremendously active, as catalogued throughout the ICAO GFAAF.
These activies will provide a basis for regular ICAO workshops and seminars, which will lead to the third ICAO Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3). CAAF/3 will be convened no later than 2025 and will aim to update the 2050 ICAO Vision to include a quantified proportion of aviation fuel to be substituted with SAF by 2050 – providing a landmark opportunity for ICAO Member States to agree on the future of SAF.
Neste, Air BP collaborate on sustainable aviation fuel
Neste and Air BP are partnering to explore possible ways to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuels. The partners hope that with Neste's experience with blending renewable fuel and Air BP's customer base and experience with supply chain management will allow them to bring a co-branded sustainable aviation fuel to airports throughout Air BP's network.
Government support for LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel could enable three UK plants by 2025, says Virgin Atlantic
Following Virgin Atlantic's first flight using LanzaTech's alcohol-to-jet fuel, Virgin Atlantic is pushing for the UK government to provide incentives that would foster investor support in LanzaTech's technology. With such incentives, LanzaTech could establish 3 production facilities in the UK. These facilities would be expected to produce enough jet fuel for Virgin Atlantic to operate all outbound flights with a 50/50 blend of alternative fuel.
Norway to implement biofuel mandate for aviation fuel in 2020
The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has announced that starting in 2020, all aviation fuel sold in Norway must contain at least 0.5 per cent advanced biofuel. These advanced biofuels must be derived from wastes and residues.
The Minister of Climate and Environment, Ola Elvestuen, indicated that the government is aiming to increase the mandate to require a 30 percent blend of sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Minister Elvestuen expects that this mandate will facilitate the development of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Norway.
WestJet and Alberta Innovates team to announce additional Canadian Incentive Program targeting SAJF development
WestJet has announced the WestJet Aviation Biofuel Challenge to incentivize the development of aviation fuel from locally available feedstock from Alberta. The challenge intends to use existing or emerging technologies and low cost biomass in order to scale-up Alberta as a leader in the aviation biofuel industry.
Alberta Innovates and project partners will contribute up to $2 million for demonstration and small-scale production of the winning aviation biofuel.
Japan Airlines invests $8 million in venture with US waste-to-jet fuel company Fulcrum
Japan Airlines, Marubeni Corporation, and the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) have announced a strategic partnership with the waste-to-jet fuel company, Fulcrum Bioenergy. These partners aim to develop sustainable fuels from municipal solid waste (MSW) over the course of a 10-year period.
The agreement includes project development agreement, a jet fuel offtake agreement and an equity investment in Fulcrum.
Delivery flight of new Airbus A321 marks first-ever use by JetBlue of renewable jet fuel
The most recent Airbus delivery to JetBlue was made using a blend of alternative fuel, marking the airline's first alternative fuelled flight. The A321 ferry flight from Mobile, Alabama to New York City contained a 15.5 per cent blend of alternative fuel supplied by AirBP from Sweden.
JetBlue will receive four additional A321 deliveries with this alternative fuel by the end of 2018.
United operates longest-ever transatlantic biofuel flight and pledges to halve GHG emissions by 2050
United Airlines recently flew from San Francisco to Zurich using a blend of AltAir's aviation fuel. This is the longest transatlantic flight to use alternative fuel to date. The fuel was a 30/70 blend produced from Agrisoma's oil seeds.
United also used this achievement to pledge a 50 per cent reduction of their emissions by 2050 from a 2005 level. This announcement makes United Airlines the first airline in the US to publically commit to such a goal.
LanzaTech's low-carbon jet fuel ready for take-off as Virgin Atlantic plans for first commercial flight in October
In October 2018, a Virgin Atlantic flight from Orlando to London Gatwick will be fuelled with a blend of LanzaTech's aviation fuel. LanzaTech's fuel is produced by capturing carbon-rich industrial waste gases from steel mills, converting that gas to ethanol, and then converting the ethanol to aviation fuel through the alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) process.
LanzaTech is currently looking into the possibility of establishing the first commercial-scale ATJ-SPK facility in the UK. Virgin Atlantic's President, Sir Richard Branson, stated that Virgin Atlantic is working with LanzaTech to "turn this new fuel into a day-to-day reality".
Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport complete biojet trial using general fuel supply system
Brisbane Airport has completed a trial in which blended alternative fuel was supplied directly into the airport's fuelling infrastructure. The alcohol-to-jet fuel, produced for this project by Gevo, powered 195 international and domestic flights departing from Brisbane Airport.
Virgin Australia hopes to be able to continue fuelling flights with alternative fuel over the next 12-18 months.
Neste, Alaska Airlines grow partnership to fly more sustainably
In an effort to expand the use of alternative fuels, Neste and Alaska Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. For Alaska Airlines, this is another step towards improving their overall sustainability, along with their efforts to adopt new technology and increase fuel efficiency.
Alaska Airlines is working to encourage industry-wide collaboration to reduce aviation's environmental impacts.
Oil From Seeds Helps Propel SpiceJet's First Bio Fuel Flight
In August 2018, SpiceJet Ltd. operated India's first flight using alternative fuels. The Bombardier Q400 flew from Dehradun to New Delhi using a blend of fuel derived from jatropha seeds. SpiceJet hopes that the use of alternative fuel will not only reduce their emissions, but will also help them reduce fuel costs.
India's government is encouraging the use of alternative resources to reduce India’s dependence on oil imports.
Swiss authorities' decision leads to the cancellation of the Renewable Jet Fuel project in Geneva Airport
Following a long consultation, Swiss Authorities have decided not to commit to the Renewable Jet Fuel project at Geneva Airport. Neste has announced that this decision will not impact Neste's plans to commercialize Neste MY Renewable Jet fuel and that they are continuing to work closely with other airports and airlines.
Neste is expecting to produce an additionally one million tons of renewable fuels at their Singapore facility, with plans to increase their production volumes year-on-year.
Minister of Natural Resources challenges Canadians to develop cleaner aviation fuel
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources has established a competition called "The Sky's the Limit Challenge" to encourage Canadians to develop clean and renewable fuel for the aviation sector. The challenge consists of two competitions: The Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition, focused on the development of innovative solutions, and the Cross-Canada Flight Competition, focused on deploying the fuels developed on a commercial flight.
Norwegian government closes consultation on a 1% mandate proposal for aviation biofuels
The Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment has closed a consultation on a proposed aviation fuel mandate. The proposed mandate would require all commercial jet fuel sold in Norway from 1 January 2019 to contain 1 per cent alternative fuel. The consultation requested input from a variety of stakeholders on market conditions and on possible volumes of alternative fuels that may be available for use in the aviation industry by 2019.
Should the Ministry of Climate and Environment agree to move forward with this mandate, it would help to bring Norway's aviation sector in line with the requirements in place for the road transportation sector.
Gevo to deploy Shockwave technology at Luverne plant
By deploying Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at their Luverne, Minnesota facility, Gevo expects to improve the sustianability of their jet fuel production. Gevo's CEO stated that by using this technology, "we project that we would generate on the order of 10 pounds of protein and feed for the food chain for every gallon of renewable jet fuel that we would produce. No longer do we have to think about competition for land between food and low carbon intensity fuels, we believe we could do them both, sustainably.”
Finnair study finds travelling public would pay extra to reduce environmental impact of flights
In a recent survey conducted by Finnair, 55 per cent of Finland's travellers stated that they support the use of alternative fuel to reduce emissions from air travel. Additionally, 76 per cent of the respondents indicated that they would be willing to pay more for their airline ticket, if the additional charges went directly towards reducing the environmental impact of their travel.
Following the results of this survey, Finland has announced that beginning in early 2019, passengers will be given the option to purchase alternative fuel or to support a carbon-capture project.
SAS pledges to use renewable jet fuels on all domestic flights by 2030 and partners with Swedish oil refiner Preem
SAS has set a goal to replace all of its jet fuel on domestic flights with a blend of alternative fuel by 2030. To help them reach this goal, they have signed a letter of intent with Preem, Sweeden's largest fuel company. Preem will produce fuel for SAS made from forestry residues and other wastes.
WSU researchers creating catalyst to improve biojet production
A team of researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities has been awarded a grant by the US Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The team will focus on converting enzymes from agricultural and forestry wastes into components of jet fuel.
If this project is successful, this conversion process could be used to produce alternative fuel by using less energy and hydrogen than is required by current conversion processes.
LanzaTech bags second advanced jet fuel grant from UK government for a first commercial-scale ATJ facility
LanzaTech has been awarded a grant worth 540,000 USD from the UK Department for Transport (DfT) for the construction of the world's first commercial-scale Alcohol-to-Jet (AtJ) production facility.
This plant will be located in the UK and will have an expected production capacity of 40-50 million litres per year. The fuel will be produced from ethanol derived from waste industrial gases.
In hunt for clean jet fuel, South Africa swaps tobacco for weeds
An initiative called the "Waste to Wing" project has been established in South Africa, in an effort to use agricultural wastes for the production of aviation fuel. For the first phase of this project, 25 small businesses will collect their agricultural wastes to develop enough fuel for a single commercial flight. In the future, the project partners hope to expand the initiative to meet up to 15 per cent of Johannesburg Airport's fuel needs.
Initiative launched to encourage adoption of sustainable jet fuels by business aviation
Multiple groups representing the business aviation sector have come together to encourage to adoption of alternative fuels. As a part of this agreement, the groups have developed a "Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)". This document dispels myths about alternative fuel and provides answers to questions that business aircraft owners, operators, and fuel suppliers may have about the use of alternative fuel.
EU backs industrial-scale sustainable aviation fuel production project and Camelina cultivation research
A four-year project called BIO4A (Advanced Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation) has been established in Europe, with a focus on cultivating Camelina for aviation fuel production. The Camelina will be grown on dry and marginal land in the Mediterranean, in hope that the cultivation can restore land that is at risk for desertification.
Project partners include RE-CORD, an Italian research organization based at the University of Florence, Total, SkyNRG, National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER), Camelina Company España, the European Commission's Join Research Centre, and ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.
Shell Aviation and SkyNRG agree strategic collaboration to advance use of sustainable aviation fuel
Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have announced that they have entered into a long-term strategic collaboration. The partners will work together to finance, develop, and promote sustainable aviation fuel supply chains. The partners hope that their technical and operational experience will help them develop a variety of lower-carbon aviation solutions for their customers.
EIA and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. sign historic MOU supporting renewable energy sector
Edmonton International Airport and NextStep Renewable Energy Inc. will work together to construct a low carbon-jet fuel processing facility in Alberta. This partnership aims to generate economic growth in Alberta and support the airport's goal for carbon neutral growth by 2021.
Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on 10.5 million gallon waste to jet fuel Sierra plant
Fulcrum BioEnergy has broken ground on their first commercial-scale MSW-to-jet fuel production plant. The plant is expected to start production in early 2020 with a production capacity of about 10.5 million gallons of jet fuel each year. To produce this fuel, the plant will use approximately 175,000 tons of household waste per year.
United Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have each already entered into 10-year offtake agreements with Fulcrum.
KLM, Växjö Småland Airport, Södra, SkyNRG and partners sign LOI to investigate the feasibility of producing sustainable aviation fuels in the Växjö region
KLM has agreed to purchase 120,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel per year, to fuel all of their flights arriving or departing from Växjö Småland Airport. This investment has made Växjö "KLM's most sustainable destination".
The partners in this project have also invested in a feasibility study, which will focus on the long-term commercial viability of establishing a sustainable aviation fuel supply chain in the Växjö region.
UK industry network seeks interested parties for potential sustainable aviation fuels collaboration with the USAThe Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG), an initiative of the UK's Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is organizing a mission for UK companies to travel to the US for coordination on potential sustainable aviation fuel projects.
SAF SIG will work together with the US Science and Innovation Network to coordinate meetings with ASCENT and CAAFI. Participants will also attend CAAFI's biennial general meeting, scheduled for early December.
Air Canada Operates Biofuel Flight From Edmonton to San Francisco
Air Canada partnered with Edmonton International Airport to transport the Government of Alberta, the City of Edmonton, and Edmonton-area businesses to San Francisco, California using biofuel. This flight was Air Canada's eight flight to use biofuel since 2012.
Dozens of Alberta-based businesses and organizations joined the flight, in order to showcase Alberta's role as an environmental leader in North America.
Innovative partnership with 13 airlines aims to replace 10 percent of traditional jet fuel with local, sustainable supply in 10 years
Thirteen airlines have partnered with the Port of Seattle in an effort to integrate a sustainable aviation fuel supply chain at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Once developed and deployed, this sustainable aviation fuel would be available to all airlines refuelling at Sea-Tac.
The partners are aiming to integrate a minimum of 10 percent locally produced sustainable aviation fuel within 10 years. By 2050 they aim to replace 50 percent of Sea-Tac's conventional aviation fuel with sustainable aviation fuel.
Air Canada to fly 22 domestic flights on biojet to celebrate Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, a cooperative biofuel demonstration project was carried out at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Through Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), 230,000 litres of sustainable aviation fuel were blended directly into Toronto-Pearson's main fuelling system. The carbon savings from this project will be accredited to Air Canada's domestic flights departing Toronto on Earth Day.
This was the first time that a Canadian airport blended biofuel directly into the airport's fuelling system, further proving the feasibility and efficiency of such initiatives.
GLOBAL BIOENERGIES and SkyNRG announce their collaboration on ASTM-certification of a bio-isobutene feedstock and conversion process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel
A new technology developed by Global Bioenergies would allow the conversion of forestry or agricultural wastes into isobutene-based sustainable aviation fuel. In order to advance this conversion process for commercial scale production, Global Bioenergies has partnered with SkyNRG for collaboration throughout the ASTM approval process. SkyNRG believes that the technology developed by Global Bioenergies "has the potential to be scalable and cost effective, without sacrificing performance".
ASTM approval of ethanol-based renewable jet fuels a green light for LanzaTech and Byogy
An ASTM International Sub-Committee has voted to revise ASTM specification D7566 to include ethanol and to increase approved blend levels from 30 per cent to 50 per cent. These revisions will go to the full ASTM for final approval later in 2018.
This approval will allow two major companies, LanzaTech and Byogy to produce significant volumes of alternative fuel in the coming years. Both companies are working with airlines to advance such production.
Canadian green aerospace R&D collaboration GARDN joins biofuels sustainability standards body RSB
Canada’s Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN) has joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). GARDN hopes that this move will allow them to deal with challenges associated with developing a sustainable aviation fuel supply chain in Canada.
World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets
World Energy has acquired the AltAir Fuel aviation alternative fuel production facility located in Paramount, California. The facility is capable of producing 45 MMgy of renewable jet and renewable diesel. World Energy hopes that this purchase will allow them to make an bigger contribution to the movement for cleaner fuels.
Boeing Promotes Aviation Biofuel in Africa
Boeing has partnered with the South African Government, South African Airways, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and SkyNRG in a new effort to promote the development and deployment of alternative fuels in Africa.
The partners of this project state that Africa has the potential to become a leader in the growth of renewable feedstock for aviation fuel. They also highlight that local production of these feedstocks could help foster economic growth through job creation.
Boeing’s latest 777F ecoDemonstrator flight programme tests 100% biofuel use and turbulence detection
Boeing and its partners are midway through the most recent EcoDemonstrator flight programme, which is testing more than 30 new technologies. Many of these flight tests are being carried out on 100 per cent paraffinic biofuel, the first time that such a fuel has been used on a commercial aircraft.
The data and operational experience that Boeing is gathering while using unblended alternative fuel will allow them to evaluate the fuel system, engine, and aircraft performance compared to conventional aviation fuel.
Braathens Regional Airlines first passenger airline in the world offering all travelers to fly on biofuel
Starting in April 2018, any passenger booking a flight with Braathens Regional Airlines can select alternative fuel when purchasing tickets. The airline hopes that such a programme will increase the demand for alternative fuel.
Braathens Regional Airlines also hopes that this initiative will help them reach their goal of becoming fossil-free by 2030.
TUI welcomes the first 737 MAX on biobased jet fuel
The first Boeing 737 MAX delivery to use aviation alternative fuel has been received by TUI Nordic. The flight from Boeing's manufacturing plant in Seattle, U.S. to Stockholm, Sweden was completed with a 30 per cent blend of aviation alternative fuel.
TUI Group is committed to collaborating on aviation alternative fuel projects and in improving their sustainability through fleet renewal.
Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Fuel Flights by 2025
In concurrence with the ten year anniversary of Virgin Atlantic's first aviation alternative fuel demonstration flight, IATA has announced new aims for the future of sustainable aviation fuels. IATA hopes for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by sustainable aviation fuel blended with conventional aviation fuel by 2025. IATA also expects that one million flights will use blended sustainable aviation fuel by 2020.
IATA noted that governments will need to adopt policies that support the development of sustainable aviation fuels, in order to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel is an attractive option for fuel producers.
Queensland sets sights on growing sugarcane biorefineries
The Government of Queensland, Australia is working with Mercurius Biorefining, a United States-based company, in order to develop biorefineries in the State. Mercurius has developed patented technology to produce jet fuel from sugarcane waste, while reducing manufacturing costs.
Initially, the partners plan to build a pilot plant, which will be used for testing and demonstration purposes. Then, over the longer term, the partners plan to build up to 5 commercial scale biorefineries throughout Queensland.
Nuseed, Agrisoma carinata distribution agreement takes flight
Agrisoma Biosciences (Canada) and Nuseed (Australia) have confirmed discussions to develop a distribution agreement for carinata seeds. Qantas' participation in the partnership indicates that exciting steps are being taken to develop an aviation alternative fuel industry in Australia.
While research and development related to the carinata seed is still ongoing, Agrisoma anticipates that pre-commercial activities could begin as early as 2019.
Air Traffic Control the Netherlands becomes KLM’s latest biofuel partner
Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has joined KLM's Corporate BioFuel Programme. Through this agreement, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands will purchase sustainable aviation fuel for all of its business flights.
While signing this agreement, the CEO of Air Traffic Control the Netherlands, Michiel van Dorst, stated that the company "is delighted to be able to contribute to the sustainable development of the aviation sector by compensating for 100% of the CO2 emitted by our business flights with KLM."
World First as AltAir Biojet Fuel Refinery achieves RSB certification
AltAir's aviation alternative fuel has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. By following the RSB Global Standard to guide the development of sustainable sources of alternative fuel, AltAir is the first aviation alternative fuel producer to achieve sustainability certification.
AltAir's first facility, located in Paramount, California, is also the only facility in the world currently producing aviation alternative fuel on a regular basis.
Qantas: First US-Australia biofuel flight takes off
Qantas has successfully completed their first trans-Pacific flight using alternative fuel. The flight departed from Los Angeles International Airport in the United States and landed in Melbourne, Australia.
To complete this historic flight, Qantas fuelled a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a 10 per cent blend of carinata based alternative fuel. The fuel was purchased through Qantas' partnership with Agrisoma and was supplied through support from AltAir Fuels and World Fuel Services.
Norway sets ambition for all-electric short-haul flights by 2040 as aerospace majors announce hybrid-electric venture
Norway has announced its aim to be the first State to switch to electric air transport. In the transition to this goal, Avinor, the Norwegian airport operator, has announced that they will ramp up the use of sustainable aviation fuels. Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen explained that the company has a plan to develop sustainable aviation fuels from wood materials in the State, which will help Norway transition away from the use of conventional aviation fuel.
NASA and DLR conducting flight tests on alternative fuel emissions
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are partnering to continue their research on characterizing the emissions from various blends of fuel. Over the course of three weeks, DLR's A320 Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ATRA) will be fuelled with various blends of alternative fuels, and NASA's DC-8 "flying laboratory" will follow it to measure soot particles, gas emissions, and ice crystals in the contrails.
The title of this flight campaign is ND-MAX/ECLIF 2 (NASA/DLR-Multidisciplinary Airborne eXperiments/Emission and CLimate Impact of alternative Fuel).
Bond authorization opens door to Lake County biofuel project
The state of Oregon has authorized a bond to assist in the development of a Red Rock Biofuel production facility. It is estimated that this facility will establish 30 direct and over 100 indirect jobs, providing a number of socio-economic benefits to the community. Additionally, by utilizing forest residues, and wastes from the forestry and agricultural industries, environmental benefits are also expected.
It is estimated that the Red Rock Biofuels facility will generate 12-16 million gallons of aviation alternative fuel annually. Southwest, FedEx and the U.S. military have already signed fuel purchase agreements with Red Rock Biofuel.
Air France initiative promotes development of aviation biofuel
Air France presented an Engagement for Green Growth at the World Efficiency Fair in mid-December, along with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, French Ministry of Transport and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, Airbus, Safran, Suez, Total.
This Engagement for Green Growth aims to promote the development and implementation of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in France and confirms Air France's commitment to reducing their environmental impacts.
Port Commission announces 10-year goal to transition to sustainable aviation fuels
The Port of Seattle Commission has announced a goal for a minimum of 10 per cent of Seattle-Tacoma's jet fuel to be derived from sustainable sources within the next ten years. This is the first step in a long-term goal to replace 50 per cent of the airport's fuel with sustainable aviation fuel by 2050.
This is the first airport in the United States to set specific goals and to establish a timeline for the transition to commercially available sustainable aviation fuels.
UK aviation has managed to decouple passenger increase from carbon and noise growth, says industry report
The latest progress report from the UK's Sustainable Aviation (SA) coalition group showed progress for the coalition's six partner airlines. From 2014-2016, these airlines experienced a 9 per cent increase in the number of flown, while emissions increased by less than .5 per cent.
In an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, SA acknowledges that, "the UK has made significant progress in creating a UK sustainable aviation fuels sector." The UK government has encouraged this growth by including aviation alternative fuels in the "Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation" and by encouraging UK stakeholders to work together.
Steeper Energy Announces EUR 50.6 M (DKK 377 M) Advanced Biofuel Project with Norwegian-Swedish joint venture Silva Green Fuel in Licensing Deal
Steeper Energy, a Danish-Canadian alternative fuel company, has partnered with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct an industrial scale demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway. This plant will use forestry and agricultural residues as a feedstock for the production of renewable crude oil, which can be upgraded into renewable aviation fuel.
The partners hope that this demonstration will lead to a future commercial scale project.
Microbes help turn Greek yogurt waste into fuel
Researchers at Cornell University in the United States and the University of Tübingen in Germany are working with the U.S.-based Greek yogurt producer Chobani on a process that could be used to develop alternative aviation fuel.
These researchers are using bacteria to turn the sugar and acid wastes created in the production of Greek yogurt into compounds that could be processed into aviation alternative fuel.
China Airlines receives A350 XWB aircraft powered by biofuel mix
China Airlines has received their first A350-900 delivery using a blend of alternative fuel. Air Total supplies this fuel to an alternative fuel facility adjacent to the Airbus delivery facility in Toulouse, France.
Air Total provides this fuel, at a blend of 10 per cent, as a part of the Airbus New Energies programme.
Hainan Airlines flight to Chicago uses biofuel made by Sinopec unit
Hainan Airlines has conducted China's first cross-ocean alternative fuel flight. The Boeing 787 departed from Beijing and landed at Chicago O'Hare with a 15 per cent blend of fuel derived from used cooking oil.
CDN Bio Fuel Maker and Qantas Airlines Sign First-Ever Farm to Flight Deal
Qantas has signed an agreement with alternative fuel producer Agrisoma to develop an alternative fuel supply chain in Australia. As a part of the agreement, Agrisoma will work with Australian farmers to grow carinata, a modified non-edible mustard seed that can be used to produce fuel.
The long term goal is to produce over 200 million litres of alternative fuel for Qantas. This is the first time such an agreement has been established in Australia.
Fly Green Day at Chicago O’Hare: 9 airlines flying on Gevo-based sustainable aviation fuel
In honor of an event called "Fly Green Day" seven commercial airlines including Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, as well as Atlas Air and Fed Ex departed O’Hare International Airport fuelled by Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel derived from renewable isobutanol.
Air BP distributed the fuel to these aircraft directly from the airport's existing fuelling infrastructure, making this the first time that Chicago O'Hare has distributed aviation alternative fuel through the airport’s main fuel hydrant system.
The event partners hope that this project will inspire other stakeholders to purchase aviation alternative fuels.
Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy picks the Midwest hub for its next MSW-to-jet fuel project
Fulcrum Bioenergy has selected Chicago as the location of their second commercial-scale MSW-to-fuel facility. While Fulcrum BioEnergy has not announced their development schedule for this specific location, they intend on developing eight MSW-to-fuel plants by 2022.
KLM and Costa Rica start unique cooperation to make aviation more sustainable
The Costa Rican government and KLM have signed a letter of intent to ratify cooperation to research the possibility of flying from San Jose using aviation alternative fuel. KLM hopes to share its knowledge and expertise with Costa Rica, with a possibility of developing an aviation alternative fuel supply chain in the State.
Qantas aircraft to be powered by renewable biofuel from 2020
Starting in 2020, Qantas flights departing Los Angeles International Airport will be fueled with a blend of aviation alternative fuel for 10 years. Each year SG Preston will supply eight million gallons (30 million litres) of blended fuel, 50 percent of which will be produced from non-food plant oils.
CEO of Qantas International and Freight, Gareth Evans, stated, "The partnership with SG Preston is part of our commitment to lowering carbon emissions across our operations and sees us becoming the first Australian airline to use renewable jet fuel on an ongoing basis."
Gevo to supply jet fuel to Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport
Gevo announced that they expect to begin delivering batches of alcohol-to-jet fuel to the Virgin Australia Group at Brisbane Airport beginning in October 2017. The Queensland government is supporting this project as a first step in the development of an aviation alternative fuel production industry in the State.
The Virgin Australia Group CEO, John Borghetti stated, "The project announced today is critical to testing the fuel supply chain infrastructure in Australia to ensure that Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport are ready for the commercial supply of these exciting fuels.”
Canadian Bio Fuel Company Announces Significant Collaboration with University of Florida
Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is working collaboratively with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science to increase production of the Carinata seed for commercial scale deployment of aviation alternative fuel.
The Carinata seed grows well in winter months, so the crop can be grown on fields that would otherwise be fallow. Therefore, the crop would not interfere with food production and would allow farmers to make a profit during the winter months.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) will oversee the project.
Masdar Institute’s SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone in Development of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
The Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) project under the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) has harvested their first batch of Salicornia, a local salt-tolerant and oil-rich plant. These crops are grown on a two-hectare plot alongside seafood, in an effort to contribute to the UAE's sustainable food and fuel security.
The Salicornia is due to be processed into aviation alternative fuel in February 2018. Once processed, it will be blended with conventional aviation fuel for flights to be conducted by Etihad Airways.
New government-backed initiative launched to create a world-leading UK sustainable aviation fuel industry
Several UK government sectors and the industry coalition group Sustainable Aviation have partnered to launch a two-year initiative called the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG). This initiative aims to bring sustainable aviation fuel stakeholders together to develop a supply chain in the UK.
The UK estimates that the development of a sustainable aviation fuels industry could contribute £265 million ($360m) to the UK economy and generate 4,400 jobs by 2030. The project partners hope that their efforts will establish the UK as a world-leader on the development of sustainable aviation fuels.
British Airways tries again on waste-based biofuels
British Airways (BA) has announced a new partnership with fuel producer Velocys. Under this partnership, BA will help design plants to convert UK household waste into aviation alternative fuel. It is estimated that the first plant will divert 5 million tonnes of household waste from UK landfill sites each year. This will provide BA with enough fuel to power all of their 787 Dreamliner flights from London to San Jose, California and New Orleans, Louisiana for a whole year.
BA has plans to increase their aviation alternative fuel use throughout the next decade, in an effort to reach their goal of reducing their net emissions by 50% by 2050.
Neste collaborates with Genève Aéroport to offer sustainable and renewable solutions for aviation
Neste and Geneva Airport have partnered to offer aviation alternative fuels to all flights refuelling at the airport starting in late 2018. The goal is to ensure that at least 1% of the annual aviation fuel consumption is alternative fuel.
Geneva Airport has ambitious goals to reduce GHG emissions and the CEO, André Schneider, believes that airports have a crucial role in developing initiatives to reduce environmental impact. In this regard, Geneva Airport is pleased to partner with Neste, which is working to grow their renewable fuels industry outside of the road sector.