United's Flight for the Planet

12 June 2019 – On June 5th, World Environment Day, United Airlines embarked on the Flight for the Planet, which they publicized as the most eco-friendly commercial flight in the history of aviation. The flight departed Chicago’s O’Hare Airport bound for LAX on a 30/70 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blend and utilized zero cabin waste efforts, carbon offsetting and operational efficiencies. United continues to be an advocate for SAF with this flight, their current use of SAF on a continuous basis, and their renewed contract with World Energy Paramount to purchase up to 10 million gallons of cost-competitive SAF over the next two years.

Read United press release here.

Four Finalists Announced for Canada’s The Sky’s the Limit $5 Million Prize

12 June 2019 – Recently, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced the four finalists for The Sky’s the Limit Green Aviation Fuels Innovation Competition to develop the cleanest, most affordable SAF. Each finalist will receive up to $2 million to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by March 2021. The team deemed to have the most sustainable fuel will be awarded a $5 million Grand Prize to help commercialize their product. The finalists are:

• Carbon Engineering Ltd for its Sustainable Aviation Fuel., made from Air, Water and Renewable Electricity (British Columbia);
• Enerkem for its Sustainable Aviation Fuels from Agro and Forestry Biomass and from Municipal Solid Waste through a Hub and Spoke approach (Quebec);
• FORGE Hydrocarbons Corp for its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon Biojet Project (Alberta); and
• SAF Consortium for its Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel from flue gas–captured CO2 and low-carbon hydrogen (Quebec).

Another competition under The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is the Cross-Canada Flight that is challenging industry to power the first ever cross-Canada commercial flight with a minimum 10 percent blend of SAF made in Canada. The competition is open until January 1, 2021. The first producer to meet the challenge will be awarded $1 million. The Sky’s the Limit Challenge is one of Canada’s six challenges where they are investing $75 million in clean technology over four.

Read more here.

KLM, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy Will Build Commercial SAF Facility

3 June 2019 - KLM, SkyNRG, and SHV Energy announced their investment to build Europe’s first commercial-scale facility dedicated to the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The new HEFA plant will utilize Haldor Topsoe technology and be located in Delfzijl, Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce approximately 33 million gallons of SAF per year from 2022 from regional waste and residue streams as primary feedstocks. KLM has committed to contract 75% of the SAF output for 10 years. Of note is their intent to use renewable hydrogen for the facility in an attempt to get low carbon intensity (CI) scores. It is reported the fuel will deliver at least an 85% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to traditional petroleum-based only fuel. The partnership involved is extensive, including EIT Climate-KIC, Royal Schiphol Group, GROEIfonds, NV NOM, Groningen Seaports, Nouryon, Gasunie, Arcadis, TechnipFMC, Haldor Topsoe, Desmet Ballestra, Susteen Technologies and MBP Solutions.

Click the following links to read more:
KLM press release
SkyNRG press release
SHV Energy press release
Biofuels Digest article

Business Aviation Community Demonstrates Gevo’s ATJ Fuels at EBACE

22 May 2019 – World Fuels Services supplied Gevo-produced sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – made with an alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) process – to fuel 22 flights following a conference organized by the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Coalition. The flights went from TAG Farnborough in the U.K. to Geneva for those attending the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). This demonstrated not only the feasibility of fueling business aircraft with SAF, but also the continued commitment of the business aviation community to advancing the development and use of SAF. In May 2018, the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Coalition released a guide to using SAF for the business aviation community, which was followed by a demonstration event at one of the busiest general aviation airports at Van Nuys, CA in January of this year.

Read more from Gevo here and Aviation Week here.

First Ever Carbon-Minimizing ‘Perfect Flight’ Achieved in Sweden

22 May 2019 – Earlier this month, Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR, and Neste collaborated to achieve the first-ever “perfect flight” from Halmstad to Stockholm, Sweden in which every element of the flight was optimized to minimize carbon emissions. Neste produced the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that was supplied by Air BP to fuel the ATR aircraft. The SAF has 80 percent fewer carbon emissions over its life cycle than traditional petroleum-based only jet fuel. The type of aircraft, the ATR 72-600, is a regional aircraft with the best environmental performance – producing 40 percent less carbon emission per flight compared to other regional jets. And Air BP’s operations at Halmstad airport have been certified as carbon neutral since 2016. The outcome of the collaboration is in-line with Sweden’s ambition to be carbon neutral by 2045.

Read Air BP’s press release here.

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