Renewable Jet Fuel Grows in Importance amidst Environmental Goals and Overall Cost Impacts
With cost benefits among considerations for airline industries and the military, as well as environmental goals being pursued by stakeholders, renewably-sourced jet fuel becomes increasingly valuable.
Amongst the most valuable resources from waste feedstock is fuel of various kinds. Whether it is biodiesel, synthetic oils, or even jet fuel, established technologies make it possible to take various waste feedstocks—agricultural and forestry waste; Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOGs) from farm waste; municipal waste; and more—and turn them into fuels that can be used more economically. The implications for economic and environmental issues are significant, considering the widespread presence of these feedstocks, as well as the persistent and growing need to use these types of fuels.
Specific to the need of the aviation industry, renewable jet fuel will play an increasingly important role.
“While EPA estimates that aircraft contribute 11 percent of the GHG emissions within the U.S. transportation sector – 3 percent of total U.S. emissions – significant growth in the sector is expected. By 2035, aircraft emissions likely will increase by almost 50 percent. Renewable fuels will play an expanding role in GHG reductions. Currently, cost and availability limit widespread use. Performance, however, is well documented, in commercial flights and in the Navy’s Green Fleet program.”
Nancy Young, vice president of environmental affairs for Airlines for America (A4A), a group representing major passenger and cargo airlines, spoke at EPA’s August hearing about plans to control greenhouse gases (GHG) from aircraft. She said that airlines are “trying to really push the development and deployment of renewable jet fuels because, depending on the particular renewable fuel, you can get a savings anywhere from 30 percent to 80 percent relative to conventional fuel, based on the (greenhouse gas) lifecycle.” Renewable fuel production is getting a hard push from many federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has a goal that the U.S. aviation sector use 1 billion gallons of renewable jet fuel by 2018.
Applying a variety of technologies in its closed-loop Bio Refinery model, and developing several projects in a variety of industries, Team Gemini actively works with its team members to implement tailored solutions to maximize resource creation and minimize operating and environmental costs. From farming industries to municipalities with large and diverse waste streams, different designs should be considered and implemented to address the need for waste remediation while also providing economic and environmental gains—such as for the aviation industry.
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