U.S. Introduces SAF Legislation

June 11, 2021 — Companies across the aviation sector are applauding the introduction of the Sustainable Skies Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representatives Brad Schneider, Dan Kildee, and Julia Brownley introduced this act with the intent of establishing a $1.50 per gallon “blender’s tax credit” for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is 50% greener than conventional fuels. The SAF would also receive an additional $.01 per gallon credit for each percentage point in reduction above the 50% baseline. These credits would be in effect until 2031, and aim to make the price of SAF more competitive with the price of fossil fuels. SAF is the industry’s best opportunity to cut carbon emissions in the near future, and the Sustainable Skies Act could encourage a quicker transition from fossil fuels.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has also introduced S. 1608, the Senate companion to Representative Brownley’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act (H.R. 741), which would establish an aviation-only low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). The bill aims to establish a grant program of $1 billion to expand the number of SAF facilities and infrastructure. The bill would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish LCFS for the SAF producers and importers. It would also require the Department of Defense (DOD) to increase utilization of SAF to 10% beginning in 2024, providing SAF is cost competitive with conventional jet fuels.

More information on these legislative pieces can be found here and here.

SkyNRG Receives RSB CORSIA Certification

June 11, 2021 — SkyNRG has announced that they are the first in the world to receive a Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) certification. RBS CORSIA certification has several requirements for eligibility that allow the certified operators to make substantial claims on greenhouse gas reductions and other sustainability factors. This certification enables SkyNRG to supply airlines with CORSIA eligible SAF, which allows customers to count these toward their reduction goals. By providing CORSIA eligible SAF, SkyNRG’s customers can rely less on carbon offset credits to meet their reduction targets.

More information on SkyNRG and RSB CORSIA can be found here.

Pennycress Likely Alternative to Widely Used Oilseeds

June 11, 2021 — Pennycress, a plant long considered a pest, is being looked at as a new alternative to widely used oilseeds. A new variant of pennycress has been created by gene-editing, and the compound that gives the plant its well-known foul odor has been suppressed. This new version could help the world transition to lower-carbon economy via biofuels. CoverCress, the company that is selling the new pennycress, is expecting to plant up to 1,000 acres of the plant this fall, with plans to expand to 3 million acres by 2030.

More information about CoverCress can be found here.

USDA Secretary Advocates for Biofuels

June 8, 2021 — At Growth Energy’s 12th Annual Executive Leadership Conference (ELC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vislack voiced USDA’s commitment to the biofuel industry. Secretary Vislack stated that his focus is on biofuel’s critical role in rural economies. His remarks also made clear that USDA and the Biden Administration understand the need to support renewable liquid fuels in order to bolster the infrastructure and ensure they are readily available for consumers. Secretary Vislack sees the American society transitioning away from fossil fuels, and the production of renewable fuels as essential for increasing bio-based manufacturing in rural America.

Secretary Vislack’s full statement can be found here.

Munich Airport to Make SAF Available Starting June 2021

June 8, 2021 — Munich Airport has announced that Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will be available beginning in June this year. The Munich Airport’s fuel depot, which is supplied by various companies, will be receiving deliveries of SAF blends. The blend supplied will be conventional jet fuel with a mixture of renewable fuel, which will allow for lower-emissions during flights. The airport believes using SAF will play a key role in decarbonizing the aviation sector.

More information can be found here.

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