Recent News

Business Aviation’s First Sustainability Summit, 14-15 September: Summary

September 18, 2020 - The summit gathered operators, legislators, regulators, fuel suppliers and others to discuss how best and how quickly the production, supply, demand and use of SAF can be accelerated.

If you were not able to join the Summit, you can view presentations from the event’s four panel discussions at the following links:

Welcome and OEM Overview: Where Do We Stand Today?

Fuel Providers’ Perspective: Short-Term Supply Strategies

Operators Overview: I Want MY SAF

Regulator and Stakeholder Perspectives: Long-Term Solutions

To read NBAA’s press release click here.

Happy National Aviation Day: A new BizAv SAF Guide and CAAFI Blog Post

August 19, 2020 - Today is National Aviation Day in the U.S., a recognition instituted by FDR in 1939, honoring the birthday of Orville Wright, but also creating awareness of, and celebrating the progress and vision associated with, the aviation industry.

In conjunction with the celebration of aviation, I’ll also draw your attention to the related blog post that ties together the concepts of Aviation Day and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and a few other items on my mind that you may not have seen. I’ll warn you in advance that I tend to “wax philosophical” in the post. If you haven’t been immersed in mainstream aviation activities before, I hope this will help you see the personal side of aviation professionals like me who are working SAF. And that you may find some of the thoughts in there to be of practical use or interest.

Additionally, I’d like to call you attention to an announcement released today by the Business Aviation Coalition of Sustainable Aviation Fuels where they are highlighting the release of a second edition of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide, Fueling the Future. Although it is targeted primarily at the BizAv community, the Guide (as well as the Coalition’s website) serves as a great up-to-date resource for any of us focused on SAF.

Finally, going forward, the CAAFI team plans to publish more blog posts and OpEds like the one linked above, although likely with more brevity. We’ll transition our highlighting of recent news on our home page to social media amplification primarily. If you have some things you’d like us to comment on or have amplified, please send them our way.


Steve Csonka
Executive Director, CAAFI

DOE Funds New Bioenergy Crop Research

August 7, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced a $68 million funding commitment for research aimed at making bioenergy feedstocks more productive and resilient. The funding will be distributed over 5 years to the chosen projects. The research is intended enhance understanding of the molecular mechanisms that allow the feedstock crops to be productive and survive in stressful environments.

Of the projects chosen to receive the funding, several are especially relevant to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). One focuses on developing pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) as a winter oilseed bioenergy crop in the U.S. Midwest and other temperate regions including the Pacific Northwest. Another focuses on at enhancing camelina (Camelina sativa) oilseed production with minimum nitrogen fertilization.

For the original announcement from DOE click here.

For a complete list of funded projects click here.

Air Transat and SAF+ Consortium have signed Canada’s first SAF Offtake Agreement

July 17, 2020 — Air Transat and the SAF + Consortium have signed the first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offtake agreement in Canada. It is the first time a Canadian commercial airline has made an agreement to work with a clean fuel developer. Air Transat made this agreement to help reach their targeted reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. SAF+ Consortium is finishing the construction of a pilot plant in Montreal East that will make jet fuel from carbon dioxide utilizing the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process. The company estimate its jet fuel will have an 80% lower carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel.

Air Transat had its first two delivery flights powered with SAF produced by Neste and supplied by AIrBP in July. Airbus delivered the aircraft from Hamburg, Germany to Montreal. Hamburg is now Airbus’ third site that enables SAF usage for delivery flights, joining Toulouse, France and Mobile, Alabama.

Read more in the press releases here and here and the SAF+ blog here.

Aerion and Carbon Engineering Work to Develop CO2-Based Fuel

July 17, 2020 — Aerion, a supersonic aircraft company, and Carbon Engineering have partnered to develop solutions for carbon neutral supersonic air travel. Carbon Engineering already has a synthetic fuel that is made from carbon dioxide (CO2) that is captured from the atmosphere, water and clean energy. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to find a way for the fuel Carbon Engineering makes to power Aerion’s AS2 supersonic business jet, a carbon neutral supersonic commercial aircraft. The agreement shows an encouraging step forward for both companies in achieving their common goal of building clean energy transportation networks.

Read Carbon Engineering’s press release here and an article in Biofuels Digest here.

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