New Report Tracks Aviation Biofuels Collaboration

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The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today released a new report, Powering the Future of Flight, which tracks progress in some key aviation biofuels projects worldwide and provides policymakers with a few examples of how they can help the deployment of biojet fuel

Powering the Future of Flight

The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today released a new report, Powering the Future of Flight, which tracks progress in some key aviation biofuels projects worldwide and provides policymakers with a few examples of how they can help the deployment of biojet fuel.

The publication looks at four case studies in detail – the collaboration occurring in the United States, the Mexican Government’s work to develop aviation biofuels, a project in the United Kingdom to turn household waste into aviation biofuel and a collaboration between the aviation sector and research institutions to bring algae-sourced biofuels to market. It also takes a brief look at a number of other current projects.

Paul Steele, Executive Director of the cross-industry aviation coalition ATAG said, “It wasn’t many years ago that the idea of using biofuels for flight was dismissed out of hand on technical and safety grounds. Today, we have tested a range of biofuels in flight, we have made our way through a very tough technical standards process to ensure flight safety and we have been working hard to establish the correct sustainability criteria for the fuels we use.”

“The biggest challenge now lies in ensuring a steady, reliable, cost-effective and sustainable supply of this new energy source. The fossil fuel industry has had a century to develop its fuel sources, supply chains and distribution networks. Not to mention its profit margins. The fledgling aviation biofuels industry will need to catch up and this will require capital from the investment community and start-up incentives and de-risking from governments.”

Powering the Future of Flight takes a bold approach in identifying ‘six easy steps’ that governments and policymakers could follow to assist aviation and the biofuels sector in embracing sustainable aviation biofuels. The steps are:
1) Foster research into new feedstock sources and refining processes
2) De-risk public and private investments in aviation biofuels
3) Provide incentives for airlines to use biofuels from an early stage
4) Encourage stakeholders to commit to robust international sustainability criteria
5) Understand local green growth opportunities
6) Establish coalitions encompassing all parts of the supply chain

“Of course, these six steps are not actually an ‘easy’ task. What we set out to do is illustrate the process in a simple way.

“It is clear that aviation is ready to become a major customer in the sustainable biofuel market. It is vital for our future and it is an important step in reducing carbon emissions. This publication, we hope, will provide some inspiration and ideas based on work already underway.”

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