Frequent Flyers to be Rewarded by Qantas for Sustainability

December 30, 2021 — Qantas has introduced a new Green Tier to their loyalty program alongside the existing tiers of Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Frequent flyers in the Green Tier will be able to offset emissions in their everyday lives and earn Qantas points. Qantas introduced the Green Tier with hopes to educate and encourage frequent flyers to reduce emissions when possible. The initiative has been driven by feedback from frequent flyers who want to be made aware of their environmental impact and rewarded for their environmentally conscious lifestyle improvements. While Australia’s sustainable aviation sector is still young, carbon offsetting is the best way to reduce net emissions until low emission technology is made more available.

Read more about Qantas’ Green Tier here.

Lufthansa Makes $250M SAF Purchase

December 30, 2021 — German airline Lufthansa has announced a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) purchase of $250 million over the next 3 years. As business travel begins to increase, Lufthansa has seen a growing demand for SAF usage from its corporate clients. This is the most significant SAF investment from the Lufthansa group and makes them Europe’s largest SAF customer. The group has also signed a letter of intent with the Heide Refinery for the future supply of their Power-to-Liquid technology fuels at Hamburg Airport. The European Union is introducing a climate plan that will require airlines to blend at least 2% SAF into conventional jet fuel by 2025 and it is expected that more companies will be looking for SAF investments in the future.

Lufthansa’s agreement can be found here.

Emirates and GE Aviation Sign MOU for 100% SAF Test Flight

December 30, 2021 — Emirates and aircraft engine supplier GE Aviation have signed an agreement to conduct a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by the end of 2022. Emirates plans to operate a B777-300ER with GE90 engines for this test flight and hopes to prove that SAF can be used commercially with no operational issues. Emirates powered its first SAF in 2017 from O’Hare AIprort in Chicago, and received its first A280 aircraft powered by SAF last year. Emirates is using SAF to reduce overall carbon emissions. The commitment with GE Aviation is seen as an important step to securing more flights powered by 100% SAF.

Emirates and GE Aviation’s agreement can be found here.

DFW Received First SAF Delivery in Pilot Project

December 30, 2021 — Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) received its first delivery of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Avfuel Corporation and Neste. DFW is the 2nd busiest airport in the world and is the first to pilot this type of circularity project in its SAF supply chain. A subsidiary of Neste collects used cooking oil from restaurants in the airport. Neste then converts the used oil into SAF and Avfuel delivers the supply to DFW. Overall, DFW expects this circular program to reduce emissions and work towards the airport’s goal of being net-zero by 2030. SAF is seen as the most essential component to help the aviation industry reach carbon reduction goals.

More information on this pilot project can be found here.

Industry Pushing for Government Aid for SAF

December 20, 2021 — As politicians are working on their “Build Back Better” plan, many in the aviation sector are insistent that the industry will not meet the Biden Administration’s 2050 net-zero emissions target without a boost in funding. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will play a major role in decarbonizing the airline industry, but it’s current production capacity and cost are a hinderance to more widespread adoption. Currently, the House-passed bill includes $1 billion for an alternative fuel and low-emission aviation technology program. This would fund grants and cost-sharing agreements with companies producing SAF and other technologies. The bill also includes a tax credit of $1.25 per gallon to producers of SAF, if the product reduces carbon emissions by at least 50%. Many see this tax credit as a certainty of investment within the industry.

More information about the “Build Back Better” SAF credit can be found here.

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