SkyNRG Launches “Board Now” Sustainability Initiative

October 18, 2019 – Earlier this month, SkyNRG launched a new sustainability initiative, Board Now. The program will allow companies to reduce their business air travel emissions while contributing to the development of a new sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility. By signing up, organizations will commit to the purchase of SAF for a period of five years. Investments made through Board Now will be used by SkyNRG to cover the price difference between SAF and conventional jet fuel. The renewable fuel will be produced by Europe’s first dedicated SAF production plant in the Netherlands that has an annual capacity of 100,000 tons of SAF. PwC and Skyscanner are among the first companies to have signed up for the program.

Read the Newswire article on here.

U.S. DOE Announces $73 Million for 35 Bioenergy Research and Development Projects

October 18, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 35 bioenergy research and development projects for a total of $73 million in funding. The goal of these projects is to help reduce the cost of drop-in biofuels and biopower and enable high-value products originating from biomass or waste resources. For a complete list of the awardees, see DOE’s announcement hereand view Biofuels Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide here.

IATA’s Director, Aviation Environment Addresses Attempts to Discredit CORSIA and SAF

October 11, 2019 – Ahead of the 40th triennial International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly last month, Michael Gill, the International Air Transportation Association’s (IATA) Director, Aviation Environment set the record straight regarding published misinformation on the effectiveness of CORSIA and the environmental credentials of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In particular, he addresses the notion that palm oil is the primary feedstock for SAF and increased production of SAF will exacerbate the issues associated with palm oil, such as deforestation.

Read Gill’s full statement countering the misinformation about SAF and CORSIA here.

Air France to Offset 100% of Emissions from Domestic Flights

October 11, 2019 – Air France has announced its commitment to offset 100% of CO2 emissions from domestic flights starting in January 2020. Air France has also committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 50% per passenger per kilometer as compared to 2005 as a new objective for 2030. These commitments are in addition to the airlines other sustainability initiatives including introducing a new selective waste sorting program on board flights to Paris to increase recycling rates and eliminating all single-use plastic items from flights from the end of 2019.

Read Air France’s press release here.

UK Policy Brief Points to Alternative Fuels As Vital to Meeting Net-Zero Ambition

October 11, 2019 – Last month, the Royal Society published a report laying out the potential for alternative fuels to help meet the UK’s goal of bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 even as travel demand continues to increase. The report focused on eFuels and biofuels. Efuels are made by combining hydrogen, produced using sustainable electricity to power the electrolysis of water, with carbon dioxide, from direct air capture or from industrial exhausts. Biofuels can be made from biological material, such as waste from forestry or farming, or from processing existing biofuels, such as ethanol. The report identifies the challenge of bringing down the higher production costs of these fuels when compared to traditional fuels in order to encourage greater use. The fuels have the advantage of being able to take advantage of known technologies and existing infrastructure. The Deputy Chair of the Steering Group that produced the report said: "Synthetic fuels could offer an interim solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 'defossilizing' difficult to address transport modes such as aviation.” The Chair added: "While there is no silver bullet for meeting the government's net-zero ambitions, investing in technologies now which can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels will be vital to realizing those goals.”

Read the Royal Society’s Policy Briefing here.

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