California: A Sustainable Jet Fuel Hub – Update Cali

California continues to cement its status as one of the world’s fastest-growing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) centers as the industry continues to take steps toward decarbonization.
Neste delivered more than 500,000 gallons (1,500 metric tons) of Neste Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Los Angeles International Airport this week, made possible by working closely with LAXFUEL, a consortium of airlines operating at LAX that provide jet fuel infrastructure for aircraft at the airport. This is the first time that SAF has been delivered to LAXFUEL’s supply infrastructure using transport barges.
The fuel delivery significantly increases the availability and availability of sustainable jet fuel at one of the busiest international airports and aviation hubs in the US, offering airlines and passengers a solution to travel more sustainably with reduced greenhouse gas emissions from air travel.
This partnership marks the first time that SAF has been delivered as a finished fuel mixture to the existing bulk fuel infrastructure at LAX.
John Trozzo, Chairman of LAXFUEL Corporation, said: “Sustainable jet fuel is the fastest and most effective means of reducing aviation’s greenhouse gas emissions. “We now have the means to supply this low-emission fuel in larger volumes not only to airlines flying out of LAX, but also to other airports in the region that are served by the broader fuel infrastructure managed by LAXFUEL in California.
“This partnership with Neste proves that we are able to immediately implement this fuel as a low-carbon solution. It also provides a good basis for increasing future deliveries to airlines.”
Chris Cooper, president of Neste US, said: “Neste is fully committed to supporting the decarbonisation of aviation. Our company has been at the forefront of accelerating the availability of SAF, and this success, together with LAXFUEL, shows how we are taking concrete steps towards a more sustainable aviation future. Recognized as one of the most visited states in the US, California has a huge demand for air travel. By offering SAF to the state’s busiest airport, we enable travelers traveling to and from California to reduce their carbon footprint while enjoying the benefits of flying.”
SAF is seen as the most important way to decarbonise airline operations over the next few decades before alternative-powered aircraft are widely deployed in commercial operations.
Here in Doha, Qatar Airways and sustainable jet fuel producer Gevo Inc have already signed an offtake agreement where the airline will purchase 25 million US gallons of pure SAF over five years, with deliveries expected to begin in 2028 at various airports in California. Qatar Airways will pick up 5 million US gallons of pure SAF each year and blend it with its existing supply of conventional jet fuel.
The airline has become the first airline in the Middle East and Africa region to announce its commitment to an international SAF takeover agreement. The partnership is part of an earlier commitment by the airline, along with other Oneworld Alliance members, to purchase up to 200 million US gallons of SAF from Gevo.
The decarbonisation of aviation requires the gradual incorporation of low-carbon and sustainable aviation fuels, and we are proud to work together in this global effort for a better future.
Compared to conventional jet fuel, SAF can reduce carbon emissions by up to 100% on a life-cycle basis, depending on the SAF technology used. Airplanes today are powered by liquid jet fuel, made mostly from fossil fuels. Nevertheless, new fuels have been developed that have the potential to dramatically reduce net CO2 emissions in aviation. Although currently in limited supply (0.01% of global aviation fuel use), sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are already in use today and their use is growing.
Aviation currently accounts for around 2-3% of global anthropogenic carbon emissions, but without action, aviation could consume up to 22% of the global carbon budget by 2050. the industry has committed to reducing aviation’s net carbon emissions to 50% below 2005 levels by 2050. Since the first commercial flight operated by KLM in 2011, more than 150,000 flights have been powered by SAF.
A type of fuel known as “sustainable” is essentially a clean replacement for fossil jet fuels. Instead of being refined from crude oil, SAF is produced from sustainable sources such as bio-derived waste oils or non-fossil CO2. It is a so-called drop-in fuel, which means that it can be mixed with fossil aviation fuel and that the mixed fuel does not require any special changes to the infrastructure or equipment. It has the same properties and meets the same specifications as fossil jet fuel. Aircraft do not require any modifications to fly with SAF and it is a sustainable solution available to us today.
More than 99% of airline emissions and around 50% of airport emissions are related to the combustion of jet fuel. Although increased energy efficiency and reduced energy demand are effective ways to reduce fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions, these improvements do not offer the only solution to aviation-related emissions.
The aviation industry maintains a clear vision for the use of SAF and will only accept fuels made from feedstocks that can be grown or produced without the risk of unintended environmental and social consequences such as competition with food production or deforestation.
Several airlines are supporting the use of SAF by signing multi-million dollar future purchase agreements. Others invested in initial support for SAF deployment, and some promoted SAF through test flights, research and exploration of local opportunities. Five airports also have regular SAF deliveries: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm.
However, expanding the use of SAF to the global market is challenging and requires significant investment. The industry has called on governments to help potential SAF suppliers develop the necessary feedstocks and refining systems – at least until the fledgling industry reaches the necessary critical mass and prices fall due to economies of scale.
More than 45 airlines now have experience with SAF and approximately 14 billion liters of SAF are contracted for future purchase.
* The author is an aviation analyst. Twitter handle: @AlexInAir

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