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Finnair Study Shows Customers Willing to Pay Impact of Flight Emissions

15 August 2018 – This summer Finnair conducted a study to find out what their customers think about different ways to reduce or offset the emissions resulting from their flights. The study revealed that environmental awareness has increased among their customers and also indicated that a majority of them would be willing to pay to mitigate the negative impacts of their air travel if the added costs could be directly attributed to reducing environmental impacts. Of the 1,200 people surveyed, supporting biofuels and carbon capture efforts were seen as the best alternatives to reducing environmental impacts. As a result, Finnair will offer customers the opportunity to purchase biofuel to be used on a later flight or support a carbon capture project starting in 2019.

Read Finnair’s press release here.

LanzaTech and Velocys Among Seven Successful Grantees for UK Government Grants Supporting Advanced Fuels Production Plants

10 July 2018 - On the heels of LanzaTech’s announcement in June that they have commenced commercial production at the world’s first commercial facility converting industrial emissions to sustainable ethanol in China, news comes of LanzaTech’s successful bid to secure a £410,000 grant from the UK government to partially fund building a commercial Alcohol-to-Jet facility in the UK.

Velocys was also among the awardees and will receive £434,000 for a plant of their own in the UK.

The grants are part of the UK governments drive to reduce carbon emissions as part of the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition. The goals of the competition are to increase UK domestic production of low carbon fuels and to stimulate the economy.

CAAFI continues to collaborate with LanzaTech in multiple areas associated with feedstock development and ATJ conversion concepts in the U.S. CAAFI has also engaged with Velocys on potential supply chain development opportunities in various regions of the U.S.

See the rest of the awardees here, LanzaTech’s press release here, and Velocys’ press release here.

SAS and Preem Sign Letter of Intent to Produce Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)

10 July 2018 – SAS, a Scandinavian airline, and Preem, the largest fuel company in Sweden, have agreed to collaborate to produce sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) at Preem’s refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Production is estimated to begin in 2022. In September 2018, the companies will enter into a binding and more detailed cooperation agreement with the intention of also agreeing on future long-term supply contracts for SAJF. This collaboration helps each company progress toward reaching their respective sustainability goals. SAS intends to replace 100% of today’s domestic aviation fuel volume with SAJF by 2030, and Preem aims to produce nearly 800 million gallons of biofuel in the same timeframe.

Read SAS’ press release here.

The Business Aviation Community Releases “Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels” at European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018)

9 July 2018 – The business aviation community, including the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), CAAFI’s partners in the Farm 2 Fly 2.0 Initiative, have released a “Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels.” The guide will facilitate the business aviation community’s use of sustainable alternative jet fuels (SAJF) to help meet the industry’s commitment to carbon neutral growth starting in 2020 and 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.

Steve Csonka, CAAFI’s Executive Director, says, “CAAFI has been fortunate to partner with GAMA and NBAA on alternative fuels opportunities for the aviation sector. This guide will be a great tool to further the success of alternative aviation fuels to meet our operational and environmental performance goals across the sector. Congratulations to the business aviation community on developing this important resource.”

For more information, see the press release here.

Gevo and Avfuel Agree to Long Term Supply Agreement

5 July 2018 – Gevo and Avfuel have announced that they have entered into a long term supply agreement effective July 1, 2018. This agreement makes Avfuel Gevo’s exclusive aviation fuel distributor of their alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to business aviation and its entire portfolio of customers. Avfuel is a leading global supplier of aviation fuel and services servicing more than 3,000 locations worldwide. This is Gevo’s first long-term commercial supply agreement for its ATJ.

The agreement is an important step for Gevo in their efforts to develop a large-scale facility that is expected to have production capacity of 10-12 million gallons per year. The agreement consists of two phases. Gevo will supply Avfuel from their small-scale facility in Silsbee, Texas that has the capacity to produce approximately 35,000 gallons of neat ATJ per year while constructing a larger-scale facility at its existing ethanol and isobutanol production facility located in Luverne, MN. Upon completion of the facility in Luverne, the second phase of the agreement would commence where Gevo would provide larger volumes of ATJ to Avfuel up to 1 million gallons of the concentrated SAJF per year, which would equate to 10 million gallons of blended jet fuel over a five year term with the option to extend the agreement beyond those initial 5 years.

Avfuel played a significant role in the development of the Business Aviation Guide: To the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)—released in May of this year at EBACE. This agreement between Avfuel and Gevo puts that guidance into actionable commercial activity.

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