Recent News

ICAO Achieves Historic Agreement for Aviation: World’s First Market-Based Measure Deal to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions from an Entire Industrial Sector

7 October 2016—191 member states attending the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly, agreed to the creation of a new global market-based measure to aid in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from international air travel. This historic agreement to implement a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is the first global climate deal covering an entire industrial sector. CORSIA is set to begin in 2021 with a voluntary period until 2027 when it becomes mandatory. The United States, China and 62 other nations that account for 84 percent of international air traffic have agreed to participate in the voluntary period. The agreement is aligned with, and an important step toward, the industry’s goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 historical levels. The agreement also outlines the need for continued development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels for adoption by the sector as one of several primary means to achieving net carbon dioxide emissions reductions.

CAAFI congratulates ICAO and its working teams on the development and approval of the CORSIA agreement, and CAAFI will continue to actively pursue the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuel.

Read more about this historic agreement here.

New USDA Report Quantifies Benefits of Biobased Products to U.S. Economy

5 October 2016—This week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report highlighting the substantial economic activity being generated by the growth of the U.S. biobased industry. In 2014, the biobased industry contributed a total of 4.2 million (direct and indirect) jobs and $393 billion dollars to the U.S. economy.

The report examined seven sectors of the industry: agriculture and forestry, biorefining, biobased chemicals, enzymes, bioplastic bottles and packaging, forest products, and textiles. “Better economic opportunities, like those offered by biobased product manufacturers, are creating wealth in rural America. The rural unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent for the first time since 2007, and from 2012-2014, we saw rural child poverty fall by 3 percentage points.”

The report is available of the USDA BioPreferred® site here.

CAAFI’s R&D Team Kicks off the Fourth SOAP-Jet Webinar Series Focusing on Deployment and State Initiative Activities

23 September 2016 – Rich Altman, CAAFI’s Executive Director Emeritus, and Ben Devries, Treasure Coast Education and Research Park CEO, gave the kickoff presentations for the fourth series of Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinars hosted by CAAFI’s R&D Team. This fourth series of webinars will focus on CAAFI’s deployment and state initiative activities. The webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel R&D community to discuss technology and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders.

The webinar was well attended by more than 60 participants.

A primary role of the CAAFI/USDA led "Farm to Fly 2.0" resolution (F2F2) is to engage and encourage local and regional supply chain development, from growers / feedstock source and engaging processors to end customers and key stakeholders (e.g. Environmental NGO's and local government and private interests). In the first of three planned webinars, Rich Altman provided an overview of East Coast initiatives from Vermont to Florida. In the first of five case studies, Ben Devries explained the rationale, development and progress of efforts to replace citrus farming (lost to citrus greening disease) with an energy-crop supply-chain featuring major airline and DOD customers and multiple fuel processors.

To view the slide deck from Rich Altman’s presentation click here. To view Ben Devries’ Prezi click here.

Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech Partnership Produces Renewable Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gas

22 September 2016 – On September 14, 2016, Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech announced that their partnership has officially led to the production of 1,500 gallons ethanol-to-jet renewable jet fuel. This notice comes after the August 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Energy announcement that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LanzaTech successfully produced over five gallons of renewable jet fuel from industrial waste gas. Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech will now work with Boeing to test the ethanol-to-jet fuel in commercial aircraft engines before approved for commercial use in 2017. Additionally, as this is an ethanol-to-jet fuel, it will require approval of a different annex under ASTM D7566. For more information, refer to the Virgin Atlantic release.

JetBlue Announces 10-Year, 330 M Gallon Offtake Agreement with SG Preston

20 September 2016 - JetBlue announced a significant offtake agreement with SG Preston for 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for a period of 10 years. The fuel will be 30 percent renewable jet with 70 percent traditional jet fuel for delivery to JFK. The fuel is targeted for production in Southpoint, OH, from the first of several HEFA facilities SG Preston intends to develop across the region using conversion technology from Honeywell/UOP. The targeted feedstock is purpose-grown crop oils, primarily of the Brassicaceae family—initiating with rapeseed/canola, then targeting carinata primarily (as production acreage develops), followed by continued evaluations of camelina, pennycress, and various mustards. Feedstocks will be sourced from across the US and Canada.

CAAFI has been involved with these parties, their individual development plans, and their work with one another for about a year. It is nice to see this effort culminate in another substantial offtake agreement and SG Preston firmly on their way to commercialization.

Read JetBlue’s press release here.