Finnair Flies First SAF Flights Funded by Customers

14 August 2019 – Earlier this month, Finnair flew two flights from San Francisco to Helsinki powered by 12 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend. The SAF flights were the first backed entirely by Finnair’s “Push for Change” initiative. This initiative provides Finnair customers with the opportunity to offset or decrease the emissions associated with their travel. Customers can choose to donate to offset their emissions (€1 for round trip within Finland, €2 for a round trip within Europe, or €6 for an intercontinental round trip) or they can buy SAF for €10, €20, or €65. With the contributions raised to date Finnair was able to purchase the SAF for the flights. Finnair states the use of SAF on the flights reduced the total CO2 emissions by approximately 32 tons. SkyNRG and World Energy were Finnair’s partners in San Francisco and Shell Aviation provided logistics support.

Read Finnair’s press release here and more about their “push for Change” initiative here.

Delta Sets Sights on Carbon Neutral Aircraft Deliveries

18 July 2019 – Delta has announced it will take 20 carbon-neutral aircraft deliveries from Airbus’ Mobile, AL facility. Using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon offsets in coordination with Air BP. The first of these flights flew last week from Mobile to Kansas City where final preparations were conducted before moving the new A321 into domestic service. This is the latest in Delta’s sustainability efforts as they continue to strive toward the goal of reducing emissions by 50% by 2050.

Read Delta’s press release here.

CAAFI Webinar Series Continues

18 July 2019 – Last month, CAAFI continued its webinar series by hosting the presentation “Direct Air Capture of CO2 and recycling of CO2 into Sustainable Aviation Fuels” by Anna Stukas (Carbon Engineering Ltd.) and Ellen Stechel (ASU LightWorks, Arizona State University). The presentation aimed to address the critical importance and status of carbon removal technologies and approaches, with a specific emphasis on direct carbon dioxide capture from the atmosphere. Additionally, the speakers discussed the role of air captured CO2 in a new carbon economy and the potential for CO2 as a feedstock in producing sustainable aviation fuels.

The CAAFI Webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel community to discuss progress and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders and enable commercialization of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

Total Starts Biorefinery Production in France

18 July 2019 – Total has begun biofuel production at their facility in southeastern France. The project to convert a former oil refinery into a biorefinery that can process all types of oil started in 2015. The biorefinery has the capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes of biofuel per year. The facility will produce both biodiesel and alternative jet fuel for the aviation industry. The fuel will be sourced from sustainable vegetable oils and treated waste streams.

Read more here.

LanzaTech and ANA Sign Offtake Agreement

17 July 2019 – LanzaTech and Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), have signed an offtake agreement for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with a target delivery date of 2021. ANA is trying to minimize the environmental impact of their business and meet their sustainable development goals as part of their goal to become the world’s most eco-friendly airline. ANA plans to use the fuel blended with at least 50% conventional jet fuel as per ASTM specifications. LanzaTech is working toward construction of a demonstration plant expected to be in service no later than 2020, which will be quickly followed by building three commercial-scale (30 million gallons per year) plants to be operational by 2023. At a minimum the four plants are expected to produce 100 million gallons per year.

Read more here.

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