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Mass production of alternative jet fuel and biodiesel from algae and waste oil to begin in Japan

6 November 2018 – Recently, Euglena announced the completion of its refinery plant in Yokohama, Japan that can produce a combined 33,000 gallons per year of alternative jet fuel and biodiesel with plans to expand to 66,000 gallons per year by 2025. Euglena partnered with ANA Holdings for the project with the aim of fueling their international commercial flights departing from Japan by 2020.

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Business Aviation Organizations Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel

6 November 2018 – Following the release of the “Business Aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF)” at EBACE in May 2018, Van Nuys Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports, will host the “Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability” event on January 17, 2019 to demonstrate the business aviation community’s continued commitment to advancing the development and adoption of SAJF. The event will mark the first time SAJF fuel will be offered retail to general aviation.

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Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group Announce Plans for West Coast Renewable Diesel Facility

6 November 2018 – Recently, Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group (REG) announced their plans for constructing a large-scale renewable diesel facility adjacent to the Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery in Washington State. The plant would use a mix of waste fats, oils and greases feedstocks and REG’s proprietary technology to produce the renewable diesel. The companies expect to make a final investment decision in 2019 and, if approved, production could start at the facility in 2021. REG currently owns and operates 13 biomass-based diesel refineries with an effective production capacity of 565 million gallons per year. REG’s process can also be used to produce alternative jet fuel.

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SAS and 10 other Nordic-based companies commit to AJF use as part of aligning their business strategies with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

6 November 2018 - The CEO of SAS, the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, has joined ten other Nordic-based CEOs to announce a joint sustainability initiative. SAS, Equinor, Hydro, the GSMA, Ìslandsbanki, Nokia, Swedbank, Telenor Group, Telia Company, Vestas and Yara International have agreed to highlight the need to transition to a 21st century economic model that is aligned with and driven by sustainable business practices. The collaboration is meant to speed up the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Referencing SDGs Goals 9 12, and 13, which are to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, and take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, respectively, SAS aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030 and plans to use an amount of alternative jet fuel equivalent to all SAS domestic air traffic.

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World Energy Paramount announces decision to invest in expanding renewable fuel production capacity more than six times current production levels

29 October 2018 – On October 24, World Energy announced it will invest $350 million over the next 2 years to expand the World Energy Paramount facility (formerly AltAir) in Paramount, CA to produce 306 million gallons per year (GPY) of fuel (up from the current 40 million GPY capacity). Outputs will continue to be a mix of alternative jet fuel, diesel, gasoline and propane.

The Paramount facility was the first commercial scale sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) facility to operate in the U.S. and has supplied SAJF to Los Angeles International Airports (LAX) via contract to United Airlines, as well as to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, World Fuel Services and several additional flight demonstration activities since initiating commercial operations in March 2016.

CAAFI congratulates World Energy on this new investment to achieve the envisioned scale-up of the Paramount facility. CAAFI appreciates that World Energy will include the infrastructure and investments that will enable 150 million gallons per year of SAJF supply capacity at Paramount, while supporting economic opportunities (including over 100 jobs) and the aviation sector’s environmental goals.

Steve Csonka, CAAFI Executive Director, is “delighted to see this envisioned expansion kicked off. Our partners at World Energy Paramount have been leaders in the commercial SAJF space in the U.S., and we look forward to continuing to work with them as they pursue large-scale deployment of SAJF for the aviation sector.”

Read more about World Energy’s investment and the leaders who attended the announcement here. SAJF from Paramount has been certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials here.

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