Monthly Archives: May 2015

27 05, 2015

Airbus embarks on eco-partnership programme to help airline customers achieve environmental objectives | Cathay Pacific,British Airways,KLM

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Airbus has launched the Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme in which it will provide tailored services and expertise to airline customers to help lower their environmental footprint. The programme will focus on specific objectives by airlines involving aircraft technology, aircraft operations, air traffic management (ATM) and sustainable aviation fuels. Pilot projects are currently being developed with three airlines – Cathay Pacific, British Airways and KLM – before the programme is extended to operators worldwide from 2016.

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26 05, 2015

Australian livestock industries seek to limit ethanol to 5%

By |May 26th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments|

In Australia, the “Alliance Against Ethanol Mandates” including many livestock producers from poultry to beef has called the arguments behind proposed ethanol policies such as energy security “spurious at best”, saying 5% is the maximum the country could produce and blend. The group wants the Queensland government to explain why it has proposed an unidentified ethanol blending mandate without consulting the public.

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19 05, 2015

Chinese and Indian airlines come into compliance with EU ETS as Swiss case moves to EU’s highest court

By |May 19th, 2015|Policy|0 Comments|

Following a long dispute with the EU over their enforced inclusion in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), airlines from China and India have finally complied with legislation covering intra-EEA flights that took place in 2012, as well as for 2013 and 2014.

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12 05, 2015

Can Fungi Biofuels Replace Conventional Jet Fuel?

By |May 12th, 2015|Feedstock|0 Comments|

Not yet, but Dr Birgitte K. Ahring, Director of Washington State University’s Bioproduct Sciences and Engineering Laboratory, thinks it may happen someday. Fungi produce a hydrocarbon blend similar to jet fuel. They naturally do many of the complex chemical processes that drive the costs of other biofuels up. Dr Ahring and her colleagues hope to have a fungi biofuel ready to scale into the market five years from now.

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7 05, 2015

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to demonstrate renewable Alcohol-to-Jet fuel in upcoming flight

By |May 7th, 2015|Aviation|0 Comments|

In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid to late 2015.

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6 05, 2015

Fulcrum’s $200 million pick: Abengoa for EPC contractor of first MSW-to-jet fuel project in the US

By |May 6th, 2015|Producer News|0 Comments|

In California, Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Abengoa to build the first biorefinery using gasification technology to convert municipal solid waste into syncrude that will be upgraded into jet fuel. The contract is worth approximately$200 million. The Sierra BioFuels Plant is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2017 with the production of more than 10 million gallons of renewable transportation fuel.

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5 05, 2015

New RSB standard for low iLUC biofuels

By |May 5th, 2015|Sustainability|0 Comments|

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has released a new draft standard which is a voluntary ‘add-on certification module’ to the RSB standard for biofuels and bio-products. Entitled ‘Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators’, compliance with this new standard means producers will be able to demonstrate that biomass was produced with no indirect impact on food production or biodiversity. For example, thy could do this through an increase in yield, intercropping, using unused/degraded land, or waste/residue materials.

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1 05, 2015

Air Canada gaat weer vliegen vanaf Schiphol

By |May 1st, 2015|Airlines|0 Comments|

Air Canada keert na bijna negen jaar terug in Nederland. Vanaf 5 juni gaat de Canadese luchtvaartmaatschappij dagelijks vliegen op Toronto.

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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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