House Committee Urges GAO to Study SAF

April 8, 2021 — The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) committee chairman, along with the aviation subcommittee chairman and other members, has urged the Government Accounting Office (GAO) to begin a study on policy measures that could increase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production. Many in the aviation sector wonder how widely accepted SAF would be if readily available, and how quickly it could be adopted. It is the hope of the T&I committee and others that this study could look at policies that could make SAF production and adoption appealing to companies. During a T&I hearing last month, U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg made known his support for further development and use of renewable fuels. The GAO does not have to accept the study request, but likely will as the effort has broad support.

More information on the requested study can be found here.

World Fuel Services Begins SAF Deliveries to Los Angeles FBOs

April 8, 2021 — World Fuel Services is delivering sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to fixed-based operators (FBOs) at airports around Los Angeles. Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), announced their plan to switch to SAF as part of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) “Boldly Moving to Zero” initiative. Their SAF is sourced from World Energy and is said to be up to 80% cleaner than conventional jet fuel. LAWA sees conversion from conventional fuels to SAF as an essential step toward their goal of 100% carbon neutral operations at LAX and Van Nuys Airport. Atlantic Airways shares LAWA’s goals and intends their SAF adoption to further their shared vision for decreasing carbon emissions.

World Fuel Services has also recently announced a partnership with Clay Lacy Aviation to offer SAF at the company’s FBOs at Van Nuys Airport and John Wayne Orange County Airport. Clay Lacy has claimed net-zero carbon status for calendar years 2019 and 2020. The company uses SAF and a broad range of other initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint, and sees SAF use as being a key strategy for carbon reduction in the aviation sector.

LAWA’s statement can be found here and Clay Lacy’s statement can be found here.

Byogy Commissions Japanese Plant to Advance ATJ Process

April 8, 2021 — Byogy Renewables, an early proponent of the alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) process for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), has built and is now commissioning one of the largest ATJ demonstration facilities in Japan. Byogy is partnering with Biomaterial in Tokyo (BITS) for this endeavor. BITS is a technology company that uses cellulosic sugars to develop advanced biotechnology solutions, and has developed proprietary technology providing solutions for cellulosic bio-ethanol production. Their shared facility will convert cellulosic bioethanol into SAF for use in existing aircraft.

More information about this technology can be found here.

Airbus will Increase SAF Use while Continuing to Work on Hydrogen Aircraft

April 8, 2021 — While Airbus has committed to build a hydrogen aircraft by 2035, in the meantime they will increase their sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) use. The company is looking at potential aircraft designs that would use hydrogen in modified gas turbines to propel the engines, and in fuel cells to create electrical power. Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury clarified that the company is not saying the solution is hydrogen over SAF, but it’s both. In the short term, Airbus sees SAF playing a vital role in reducing emissions and believes the aviation industry needs to hasten the adoption of SAF. Airbus currently uses 50% SAF in their engines, but has increased their goal to be at 100% in the future.

More information can be found here.

CAAFI’s Executive Director Provides Testimony to House Subcommittee

April 2, 2021 — On March 24, 2021, the Executive Director of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), Steve Csonka, gave a testimony regarding research and development pathways to sustainable aviation to the House of Representatives Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Csonka spoke of how sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will play a role in the broader landscape of sustainable aviation. While he said he believes SAF to be the only viable near-term approach for in-sector carbon reduction, he also acknowledged challenges surrounding the new industry and the cost and production curves that will need to be overcome. The committee also asked how NASA and FAA could accelerate research to support SAF development and utilization, and it was highlighted that both organizations are already a part of efforts that will foster more interest in commercial SAF. Csonka closed his testimony by acknowledging that it will take the efforts from many partners to enable SAF maturation and improve aviation sustainability.

The full testimony can be watched or read here.

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