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Shell Announces Collaborative Effort to Reduce Carbon Emissions at SFO at CAAFI Meeting

4 January 2019 - On December 6, 2018 at the CAAFI Biennial General Meeting (CBGM), Shell announced a partnership with SkyNRG and World Energy to initiate the supply of SAJF to three major airlines, KLM, SAS, and Finnair, operating from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The SAJF will be provided through existing refueling infrastructure at SFO to support their goal of expanding the use of SAJF in its operations. The goal of the effort is to reduce the carbon emissions of flights departing SFO and to build resilient SAJF supply chains that will pave the way for expanding the use of SAJF at other airports.

See Shell’s press release here.

Shell, World Energy, and SFO all presented at 2018 CBGM on their respective efforts to expand the production, deployment and use of SAJF in the U.S. Shell’s presentation can be viewed here. The rest of the available slide decks from the CBGM can be accessed here and photos of the event can be viewed here.

Van Nuys First General Aviation Airport to Offer SAJF in U.S.

4 January 2019 – On January 17, 2019, Van Nuys Airport will host a day-long event “Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability” highlighting sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) activities and resources, while demonstrating the fuel’s viability. The event will officially launch Van Nuys Airport as the first general aviation airport to offer SAJF in the U.S. The event is a reflection of the business aviation industry’s long-standing commitment to the development and adoption of SAJF. The SAJF will be supplied to four of the airport’s FBOs by fuel suppliers Avfuel, Bombardier, Phillips66 and World Fuel Services. SAJF producers, World Energy and Gevo, will also be on hand for the day’s activities.

For more information including a schedule of events, read the press release here.

Neste Makes Final Investment Decision Expanding Renewable Product Production Capacity

2 January 2019 – Last month, Neste made the final decision to invest more than $1.5 billion for additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. Neste currently has a renewable products production capacity of 2.7M metric tonnes annually. Of this total, over one million is produced in Singapore, the same amount in Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the rest in Porvoo, Finland. This investment will increase total renewable product capacity at the Singapore facility by up to 1.3M tonnes per year. Neste’s renewable product refineries are all capable of producing renewable diesel, alternative jet fuel, and raw materials for various polymers and chemical materials. Neste is targeting the first half of 2022 to initiate the new production line in Singapore and in the meantime will continue to increase existing capacity to 3M tons by 2020 through operational optimization efforts.

Neste has further confirmed with CAAFI that when this facility comes online, and as other enhancements are completed at their other facilities, they plan to have a 1M tonnes capacity for HEFA SAJF from their total production slate of 4.5M tonnes by 2022. Exact levels will assumedly be determined by market and policy fundamentals, as well as executed offtake agreements.

CAAFI’s Executive Director Steve Csonka commented, “This is very welcome news, and reflects Neste’s recent attention on, and collaboration with, the aviation marketplace, as Neste also recently announced that they are again producing HEFA-SPK at Porvoo. This announcement reflects a total production capacity for HEFA-SPK of 329M gpy by 2022. HEFA-SPK can currently be blended with petroleum jet at levels up to 50%. Additionally, if the aviation industry moves forward with the option of using renewable diesel as a blending component, we could see Neste being a major contributor to assisting the aviation industry with lowering its net GHG levels via the use of both HEFA-SPK and HDRD as a blending component. In either case, CAAFI would expect to see potentially significant amounts of sustainable alternative jet fuel enter the US West Coast markets via import, as supported by low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) policy mechanisms.”

For more information see the press release here.

Mass production of alternative jet fuel and biodiesel from algae and waste oil to begin in Japan

6 November 2018 – Recently, Euglena announced the completion of its refinery plant in Yokohama, Japan that can produce a combined 33,000 gallons per year of alternative jet fuel and biodiesel with plans to expand to 66,000 gallons per year by 2025. Euglena partnered with ANA Holdings for the project with the aim of fueling their international commercial flights departing from Japan by 2020.

Read more here and here.

Business Aviation Organizations Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel

6 November 2018 – Following the release of the “Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)” at EBACE in May 2018, Van Nuys Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports, will host the “Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability” event on January 17, 2019 to demonstrate the business aviation community’s continued commitment to advancing the development and adoption of SAJF. The event will mark the first time SAJF fuel will be offered retail to general aviation.

Read more here and here.

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