Gulfstream Announces First Sale of SAF

19 March 2019 – Earlier this year, Gulfstream announced that it would begin to offer SAF to customers at their Long Beach facility and, last week, Gulfstream announced it had made its first sale of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The customer purchased approximately 3,000 gallons of SAF produced by World Energy to be used in their Gulfstream G550. Gulfstream has used SAF intermittently in demonstration activities since 2012, and regularly for operations from its Savannah, GA headquarters since 2016, and will start using it on large-cabin aircraft completions flights departing Long Beach Airport. Gulfstream’s promotion of SAF is aligned with the industry goals and directly supports the goals of the business aviation industry.

Read Gulfstream’s press release here.

Boeing Offering Alternative Fuel for New Plane Deliveries

19 March 2019 – In support of the industry’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Boeing will offer customers the option of fueling the delivery of new commercial jets with alternative jet fuel. Alaska Airlines will be the first customer to take advantage of the opportunity by using alternative jet fuel produced by World Energy when it takes delivery of three new commercial airplanes this year. EPIC Fuels will ship World Energy’s fuel from Paramount, CA to Boeing’s delivery center in Seattle and Everett, WA. CAAFI welcomes the initiative as further encouragement for the widespread adoption and use of sustainable aviation fuels.

Read Boeing’s press release here.

Sweden Proposes GHG Reduction Mandate for Aviation Fuel

19 March 2019 – Sweden joins France and Spain as countries proposing aviation biofuel mandates. As part of Sweden’s goal of being fossil-free by 2045, they have proposed introducing a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Mandated reductions would begin in 2021 at less than 1% and increase to 27% in 2030. Mandates can assist and are one approach to achieving the industry’s goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction of net carbon emissions from aviation by 2050.

Read more here.

Mercurius Biorefinery Pilot Plant Gets a Green Light

February 15, 2019 – U.S.-based Mercurius Biorefining is going Down Under. Gladstone, Queensland will be the site for the pilot plant for alternative jet fuel (AJF) and renewable diesel production from agricultural and forestry waste and is set to go ahead after a funding injection from the Queensland Government.

Mercurius Biorefining is developing its Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating (REACH) process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA.

REACH is a new application of proven technologies that is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities and non-food feedstocks like sugarcane waste.

Mercurius President and CEO Karl Seck said the company was attracted to Queensland by the Queensland Government’s Biofutures Acceleration Program in 2017. The Queensland Government has been very proactive and forward-leaning when it comes to developing a bioeconomy in Queensland. Additionally, they have a desire to create regional employment and economic growth opportunities through these types of innovative projects.

Detailed design of the Mercurius pilot biorefinery has commenced and they will begin construction in a few months. The pilot plant will be co-located on the Northern Oil Refinery at Yarwun, with construction scheduled to conclude in late 2019.

To learn more about the Queensland Government’s commitment to biofutures, download the Queensland Biofutures 10-Year Roadmap and Action Plan here.

For more information, see the official story from the Queensland Government here.

Upcoming Event: Washington State Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit, March 2019

CAAFI is passing along the following invitation, courtesy of the Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit Committee.


07 – 08 March 2019
Seattle, Washington

Presented by the Earth Day Network and sponsored by the Port of Seattle and Alaska Air.

The latest Washington Department of Ecology report on the Washington State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory: 1990-2015, shows that the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions increased by about 6% from 2012 to 2015, and that the transportation sector is among one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas. Sustainable aviation fuel can help reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 80% compared with petroleum jet fuel and can significantly reduce particulate matter.

At the two-day Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit, you will hear from national leaders on engaging and aligning the entire sustainable fuels value chain as Washington’s most innovative industries are brought together to develop a local supply chain of clean and sustainable fuels for aviation. Attendees can contribute to the dialogue and thought leadership on the topic of sustainable aviation fuels.

Bell Harbor International Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

For more information and to register, please go to the Washington SAF Summit link

Thank you very much.
CAAFI Leadership Team

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