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2016 CAAFI General Meeting Connects Industry Partners and Highlights Advancements and Opportunities in Alternative Jet Fuel Deployment!

4 November 2016 – Last week’s 2016 CAAFI® Biennial General Meeting (CBGM) in Washington, DC was a great success, hosting over 200 participants, 48% of whom were first time attendees to a CBGM. If you attended the conference, thank you for making it an event to remember! The meeting included presentations and panelists from leading equipment manufacturers, fuel producers, airlines, and numerous government agencies. A variety of collaborative discussions also took place on the sidelines of the CBGM, including explorations between buyers and potential sellers of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF).

The CBGM attendees were also honored to hear from VIP keynote speakers from the U.S. Navy, USDA, JetBlue, FAA, and NASA who offered praise on our progress to date, and encouragement and support for the challenges remaining to bring SAJF to commercial aviation. As evidenced by the progress and accomplishments discussed by the additional speakers and panelists at the meeting, the CAAFI community is making great strides in the deployment of SAJF. Stakeholders working in the public or private sector and all along the supply chain attended the CBGM, and their work is helping expand and strengthen CAAFI’s catalysis of the development and commercial deployment of SAJF for the aviation enterprise.

If you were not able to make it to CBGM or would like to review any presentations from the event, all materials are available on the CAAFI Presentations website.

ICAO Achieves Historic Agreement for Aviation: World’s First Market-Based Measure Deal to Mitigate Carbon Dioxide Emissions from an Entire Industrial Sector

7 October 2016—191 member states attending the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly, agreed to the creation of a new global market-based measure to aid in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from international air travel. This historic agreement to implement a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is the first global climate deal covering an entire industrial sector. CORSIA is set to begin in 2021 with a voluntary period until 2027 when it becomes mandatory. The United States, China and 62 other nations that account for 84 percent of international air traffic have agreed to participate in the voluntary period. The agreement is aligned with, and an important step toward, the industry’s goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2005 historical levels. The agreement also outlines the need for continued development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuels for adoption by the sector as one of several primary means to achieving net carbon dioxide emissions reductions.

CAAFI congratulates ICAO and its working teams on the development and approval of the CORSIA agreement, and CAAFI will continue to actively pursue the development and commercialization of sustainable alternative jet fuel.

Read more about this historic agreement here.

New USDA Report Quantifies Benefits of Biobased Products to U.S. Economy

5 October 2016—This week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the release of a new report highlighting the substantial economic activity being generated by the growth of the U.S. biobased industry. In 2014, the biobased industry contributed a total of 4.2 million (direct and indirect) jobs and $393 billion dollars to the U.S. economy.

The report examined seven sectors of the industry: agriculture and forestry, biorefining, biobased chemicals, enzymes, bioplastic bottles and packaging, forest products, and textiles. “Better economic opportunities, like those offered by biobased product manufacturers, are creating wealth in rural America. The rural unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent for the first time since 2007, and from 2012-2014, we saw rural child poverty fall by 3 percentage points.”

The report is available of the USDA BioPreferred® site here.

CAAFI’s R&D Team Kicks off the Fourth SOAP-Jet Webinar Series Focusing on Deployment and State Initiative Activities

23 September 2016 – Rich Altman, CAAFI’s Executive Director Emeritus, and Ben Devries, Treasure Coast Education and Research Park CEO, gave the kickoff presentations for the fourth series of Seminars on Alternatives to Petroleum (SOAP)-Jet webinars hosted by CAAFI’s R&D Team. This fourth series of webinars will focus on CAAFI’s deployment and state initiative activities. The webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel R&D community to discuss technology and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders.

The webinar was well attended by more than 60 participants.

A primary role of the CAAFI/USDA led "Farm to Fly 2.0" resolution (F2F2) is to engage and encourage local and regional supply chain development, from growers / feedstock source and engaging processors to end customers and key stakeholders (e.g. Environmental NGO's and local government and private interests). In the first of three planned webinars, Rich Altman provided an overview of East Coast initiatives from Vermont to Florida. In the first of five case studies, Ben Devries explained the rationale, development and progress of efforts to replace citrus farming (lost to citrus greening disease) with an energy-crop supply-chain featuring major airline and DOD customers and multiple fuel processors.

To view the slide deck from Rich Altman’s presentation click here. To view Ben Devries’ Prezi click here.

Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech Partnership Produces Renewable Jet Fuel from Industrial Waste Gas

22 September 2016 – On September 14, 2016, Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech announced that their partnership has officially led to the production of 1,500 gallons ethanol-to-jet renewable jet fuel. This notice comes after the August 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Energy announcement that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and LanzaTech successfully produced over five gallons of renewable jet fuel from industrial waste gas. Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech will now work with Boeing to test the ethanol-to-jet fuel in commercial aircraft engines before approved for commercial use in 2017. Additionally, as this is an ethanol-to-jet fuel, it will require approval of a different annex under ASTM D7566. For more information, refer to the Virgin Atlantic release.

JetBlue Announces 10-Year, 330 M Gallon Offtake Agreement with SG Preston

20 September 2016 - JetBlue announced a significant offtake agreement with SG Preston for 33 million gallons of blended jet fuel per year for a period of 10 years. The fuel will be 30 percent renewable jet with 70 percent traditional jet fuel for delivery to JFK. The fuel is targeted for production in Southpoint, OH, from the first of several HEFA facilities SG Preston intends to develop across the region using conversion technology from Honeywell/UOP. The targeted feedstock is purpose-grown crop oils, primarily of the Brassicaceae family—initiating with rapeseed/canola, then targeting carinata primarily (as production acreage develops), followed by continued evaluations of camelina, pennycress, and various mustards. Feedstocks will be sourced from across the US and Canada.

CAAFI has been involved with these parties, their individual development plans, and their work with one another for about a year. It is nice to see this effort culminate in another substantial offtake agreement and SG Preston firmly on their way to commercialization.

Read JetBlue’s press release here.

KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG Sign Three Year Offtake Agreement for Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

8 September 2016 – AltAir, SkyNRG, and KLM have signed a three year offtake agreement for the supply, distribution, and use of alternative jet fuel. The fuel will be used in all KLM flights out of Los Angeles, demonstrating the industry’s ongoing commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions in aviation. The fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be produced by AltAir and distributed by SkyNRG to KLM flights through LAX’s hydrant system. This offtake agreement is made possible through the partners involved in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Programme and the surcharge they contribute to make alternative jet fuel the same price as conventional jet fuel.

Further information on the KLM, AltAir, and SkyNRG agreement can be found here.

Gevo, Inc. Signs Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa For Future Alternative Jet Fuel Supply

7 September 2016 – Gevo, Inc. recently entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply up to 8 million gallons per year or up to 40 million gallons of alcohol-to-jet alternative jet fuel over the course of a 5-year offtake agreement. The fuel would be supplied by Gevo’s commercial hydrocarbon facility, which will be built in Luverne, Minnesota. The non-binding heads of agreement is expected to lead to the signing of an official offtake agreement between the two companies in the next few months. This will be the first commercial offtake agreement for ATJ fuels.

For more information, see the Gevo, Inc. press release.

Fulcrum BioEnergy Expands Plans to Produce Alternative Jet Fuel from Municipal Solid Waste

9 September 2016 – Fulcrum BioEnergy, which received funding under the Defense Production Act and from USDA to commercialize its process to convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into alternative jet fuel, has released plans to expand from its first commercial facility to achieve seven additional MSW-to-biofuel facilities in the next six years. The initial facility, to be named the Sierra BioFuels Plant, will have a production capacity of up to 11 million gallons of fuel per year, and will be completed in late 2018. The additional facilities will be significantly larger – between three and six times the size – and together with the initial facility will total approximately 300 million gallons of annual capacity for diesel and jet fuel in 2022. Fulcrum is currently identifying the locations of the additional facilities.

Notably, two airlines, Cathay Pacific and United, already have jet fuel supply agreements with the company, and Waste Management and Waste Connections, Inc. have contracts in place with Fulcrum to provide waste for the fuel production.

For more information about Fulcrum and its fuel production, see the Fulcrum website and featured article in Business Weekly.

Advanced Biofuels USA Receives USDA Grant for Beet-to-Jetfuel Feasibility Project

9 September 2016 – Advanced Biofuels USA was recently awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development grant for $16,893 to study the feasibility of producing alternative jet fuel from energy beets on the Eastern Shore of Maryland based on a project by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Purdue University, and Maryland small businesses.

The study’s objective is to assess whether the UMES energy beet pilot crop and commercial simulations of the production process produce enough yield and supply-chain advantages to justify substantial investments in commercialization. In addition, UMES will study the feasibility of using beet-to-jetfuel co-products to provide economic benefits to rural communities on the Eastern Shore and provide cost-effective uptake of legacy phosphates in soil that otherwise would lead to high nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay. Other coproducts include the use of using remnant proteins as a high-value animal feed. Finally, the project will examine results in the context of priorities listed in the Federal Alternative Jet Fuel R&D Strategy, including rural development, job creation and profit opportunities, and cost-effective nutrient remediation.

For more information on the project, see the Advanced Biofuels USA press release.

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