Monthly Archives: June 2014

7 06, 2014

Byogy invests in Agave production in Australia

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Byogy has invested in a strategic partnership with AusAgave Australia, as part of the upstream integration of multiple feedstocks to develop low cost sugars for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals. With feedstock cost representing over 65% of fuels final cost, Byogy has launched a dedicated agriculture division with the integration of the AusAgave team.

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7 06, 2014

Virgin Atlantic gets its sustainability message across to passengers with onboard animation video

By |June 7th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Virgin Atlantic customers can now enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the airline’s ‘Change is in the Air’ sustainability programme in a light-hearted animation video narrated by Sir Richard Branson. Now available to watch on board, the animation uses thirsty microbes, dancing horses, baby orang-utans and pilots dressed in plastic bottles to demonstrate how the airline is reducing its environmental impact and supporting communities in need.

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7 06, 2014

Amyris/Total renewable jet fuel gets ASTM green light as SIP fuels are approved for commercial aviation use

By |June 7th, 2014|Sustainability|0 Comments|

Amyris and Total begin to prepare to market a drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane. The two partners announced they will now market the fuel, which will initially be produced in Brazil, to airlines, with Brazilian carrier GOL likely as an early customer.

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7 06, 2014

Enerkem opens first waste to biofuels plant in Alberta

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Enerkem held a grand opening of its commercial scale waste to methanol facility in Edmonton, Alberta. The facilty will convert pre-sorted MSW into 30 000 Mt of methanol.

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7 06, 2014

INRO Recommends Use of RSB Certification System for Biomass

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INRO (Initiative for the Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials for the Industrial Use of Biomass) recently announced that instead of creating its own certification system, it recommends using existing systems for biomass including the RSB certification system.

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7 06, 2014

Virgin Australia overcomes Qantas in domestic war

By |June 7th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Virgin Australia is dominating Qantas Domestic in their war on price and capacity.
Qantas will not add any new capacity in the first three months of the next financial year and has struggled to put passengers in seats despite Easter being in April this year, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Passenger numbers on Qantas Domestic flights have dropped 1.5 per cent in April compared with 2013 despite a 2 per cent increase in capacity and a 0.4 per cent boost in demand.

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7 06, 2014

Study shows mallee trees could supply 5% of Australian jet fuel demand

By |June 7th, 2014|Research & Development|0 Comments|

In Australia, a new study from Future Farm Industries Co-operative Centre says that oil produced from local mallee trees could supply up to 5% of the country’s aviation fuel demand. To achieve that, just 1% of Western Australia’s Great Southern region would need to be planted with the trees and wouldn’t compete with food production. The study, funded by Airbus and Virgin Australia among others, estimates the fuel could be competitive by 2021.

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7 06, 2014

Boeing and Embraer to open joint research centre to help develop Brazilian aviation biofuel supply chain

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Boeing and Embraer are to open a joint research centre in Brazil to help advance a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in the country. Under the initiative, the two companies will also fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. Located in São José dos Campos Technology Park, the centre’s research will focus on technologies that address gaps in a national sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain, such as feedstock production and processing technologies.

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7 06, 2014

Australian government does a switcheroo on ethanol policy

By |June 7th, 2014|Policy|0 Comments|

In Australia, the government will end the Ethanol Production Grants Programme from July 1, 2015 in an attempt to shore up its national budget deficit. Instead, the excise tax on domestically-produced ethanol will be zero from that date and then will rise 2.5 cents per liter per year every year for five years when it reaches 12.5 cents. Imported ethanol will have the excise equivalent of 38.143 per liter. The move is meant to save the government $120 million annually.

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7 06, 2014

Brazilian airline using biofuel for World Cup flights

By |June 7th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Brazil’s Gol airlines will use a 4-percent biofuel mixture to power 200 flights this month and next as the Latin American nation hosts the 2014 soccer World Cup.

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Sustainable jet fuels are produced from sustainable feedstocks like waste streams and non-food energy crops.

These fuels offer the single largest opportunity to reduce emissions, while ensuring long term fuel security for the aviation sector.

Sustainable jet fuel blends can be referred to as ‘drop-in’ fuels, because they have the ability to be used without any changes made to the infrastructure, such as distribution and engine fuel systems.
What are Sustainable Jet Fuels?
The aviation industry is the world’s fasted growing transport sector and responsible for approximately 2,5 % of the global manmade CO2 emissions. Even with efficiency measures taken, this figure is expected to rise to 4 – 4.5 per cent by 2050, without any mitigation.

One of the biggest challenges in reducing this impact is to look for solutions that preserve the sectors social benefits, while maintaining its growth.

99% of an airline’s emissions comes from the combustion of jet fuel. Energy sources like solar, electric and hydrogen do not offer an alternative as aviation will be relying on high density liquid energy carriers for the coming decades. Therefore, sustainable jet fuels are viewed as the best opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Sustainable jet fuel, you can read SkyNRG’s White Paper on Sustainable Jet Fuel.
Rationale for Sustainable Jet fuel
In every decision that we make, we follow the vision on sustainable fuels, set by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Energy Vision 2050.:

Sustainable biofuels:
• Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
• Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
• Do not displace or compete with food crops
• Provide a positive socioeconomic impact.

To ensure the sustainability of our fuels, we have established various measures and important partnerships:

SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht that advises us on all feedstock and technology decisions.

SkyNRG is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials.

We are in continuous dialogue with local and global NGOs to make sure we do not miss important issues in respect to the feedstock we w(want to) use and fuel we make

To learn more about SkyNRG’s approach to sustainability, visit our sustainability page.
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