IATA’s Director, Aviation Environment Addresses Attempts to Discredit CORSIA and SAF

October 11, 2019 – Ahead of the 40th triennial International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly last month, Michael Gill, the International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Director, Aviation Environment set the record straight regarding published misinformation on the effectiveness of CORSIA and the environmental credentials of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In particular, he addresses the notion that palm oil is the primary feedstock for SAF and increased production of SAF will exacerbate the issues associated with palm oil, such as deforestation.

Read Gill’s full statement countering the misinformation about SAF and CORSIA here.

Air France to Offset 100% of Emissions from Domestic Flights

October 11, 2019 – Air France has announced its commitment to offset 100% of CO2 emissions from domestic flights starting in January 2020. Air France has also committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 50% per passenger per kilometer as compared to 2005 as a new objective for 2030. These commitments are in addition to the airlines other sustainability initiatives including introducing a new selective waste sorting program on board flights to Paris to increase recycling rates and eliminating all single-use plastic items from flights from the end of 2019.

Read Air France’s press release here.

UK Policy Brief Points to Alternative Fuels As Vital to Meeting Net-Zero Ambition

October 11, 2019 – Last month, the Royal Society published a report laying out the potential for alternative fuels to help meet the UK’s goal of bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 even as travel demand continues to increase. The report focused on eFuels and biofuels. Efuels are made by combining hydrogen, produced using sustainable electricity to power the electrolysis of water, with carbon dioxide, from direct air capture or from industrial exhausts. Biofuels can be made from biological material, such as waste from forestry or farming, or from processing existing biofuels, such as ethanol. The report identifies the challenge of bringing down the higher production costs of these fuels when compared to traditional fuels in order to encourage greater use. The fuels have the advantage of being able to take advantage of known technologies and existing infrastructure. The Deputy Chair of the Steering Group that produced the report said: "Synthetic fuels could offer an interim solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 'defossilizing' difficult to address transport modes such as aviation.” The Chair added: "While there is no silver bullet for meeting the government's net-zero ambitions, investing in technologies now which can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels will be vital to realizing those goals.”

Read the Royal Society’s Policy Briefing here.

Expander Energy Announces Plans to Build Canada’s First Commercial Demo BGTL Facility

October 11, 2019 – Expander Energy has announced it has entered into a letter of intent with Vanderwall Contractors to build Canada’s first commercial demonstration biomass/gas to liquids facility (BGTL) in the Slave Lake area of Alberta. The facility will plans to produce biodiesel and alternative jet fuel under the trade names SynDiesel and SynJet from a variety of feedstocks. The project will proceed in two phases with an expected production capacity of 120 barrels per day (BPD) in the first phase increasing to 500 BPD in the second phase. A project timeline was not stated in the announcement.

Read the Biofuels Digest article here, the Canadian Biomass article here, and the Expander Energy press releasehere.

SpiceJet Airline Commits to Becoming Major SAF User

October 4, 2019 – At the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Climate Summit in New York last month, the CEO of the Indian airline SpiceJet announced the airline would fly 100 million passengers on flights fueled by sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by 2030. That is the same number of passengers that flew on the airline in 2015. To date, the airline has flown only one SAF-propelled flight using a fuel developed from jatropha as a demonstration. SpiceJet, India’s second largest airline, said they are committed to burning less fossil fuels and emphasized the need for all stakeholders to come together to help them reach their goal.

See The Hindu’s news article on the commitment here.

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