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Microsoft to Purchase SAF Credits for Alaska Airlines

October 23, 2020 – Microsoft, SkyNRG and Alaska Airlines announce a unique partnership to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Microsoft will purchase SAF credits from SkyNRG to make up the difference in cost between conventional jet and SAF. SkyNRG will then supply SAF to the airport fueling system used by Alaska Airlines, targeting the fuel consumption associated with Microsoft employee travel on some of their most travelled routes, namely between Seattle and Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. This latest effort by Microsoft to reduce its carbon impact is in line with their sustainability goals, which include being carbon negative by 2030. Specific details including the quantity of SAF that will be purchased has not been released.

Read Microsoft’s press release here.

Shell and Red Rock Signed SAF Offtake Agreement

October 19, 2020 – Shell signed an offtake agreement with Red Rock Biofuels to buy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from their Lakeview, Oregon plant scheduled to begin commercial production in the first half of 2021. The new biorefinery is expected to produce more than 6 million gallons SAF and renewable biodiesel a year from woody biomass using the Fischer-Tropsch conversion process. Shell will distribute the SAF to Red Rock’s existing customers, FedEx and Southwest Airlines, through existing airport infrastructure. This collaboration demonstrates how SAF producers can leverage existing supply chains and industry expertise to increase SAF availability in the market.

Read more here.

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.

Regards,

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.

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