Dispelling Aviation Biofuels Sustainability Misconceptions

8 November 2017 –

{Biofuels shouldn’t be a priority. Biofuels take food off the table. Biofuels result in industrial-scale monocultures and degraded landscapes. Biofuels aren’t sustainable. There have been a number of high profile failures that prove biofuels cannot succeed in the marketplace.}

Two recent articles, one co-authored by CAAFI’s Executive Director Steve Csonka, have attempted to address these all too common and prevalent misconceptions around the commercialization of SAJF. The articles highlight the strong political will at local and international levels, with actions in California to include jet fuels under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and 72 States agreeing to voluntarily participate in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. They also point to the growing demand as illustrated by an increasing number of offtake agreements and the fact that the technology has been proven. There are already five alternative feedstock conversion technologies that produce jet fuel certified for use in commercial aircraft with more on the way. And the mechanisms to validate the sustainability of SAJF and its production are already in place. CAAFI continues to work closely with stakeholder organizations that have the same end goals in mind: commercialize sustainable alternative drop-in jet fuel that provides the same levels of safety while offering environmental benefits and a more secure energy supply for aviation over traditional petroleum-based fuel.

To read the articles click the titles below:
Why the time is right for aviation biofuels to take off by Adam Klauber and Isaac Toussie (Carbon War Room – Rocky Mountain Institute)
Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential to Aviation’s Future by Adam Klauber, Isaac Toussie, Steve Csonka and Barbara Bramble

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