American airframer Boeing announced its partnership with Alder Fuels to expand the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) worldwide.
Under the partnership, jets from the manufacturer will be tested and qualified using Alder-derived SAF, advance policies to expedite the transition to renewable energy in aviation and grow the amount of SAF for the global aerospace market.
Sheila Remes, Vice President- Environmental Sustainability, Boeing, said, “As we work toward the civil aviation industry’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we know that 700 – 1,000 times more SAF is needed in order to meet this goal.”
She noted that according to the US Department of Energy, US forestry and agricultural residues alone could provide enough biomass energy to generate enough SAF jet fuel to displace 75% of US aviation fuel consumption.
Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, Alder Fuels, said, “We can now scale up supply to meet the aviation industry’s demand. This partnership with Boeing will expedite SAF availability around the globe, advance policies that ensure sustainability and foster environmental justice, and cultivate local economies.”
The release said that the company’s proprietary technology enables the efficient conversion of abundant, sustainable forest residues and regenerative biomass into a low-negative carbon 'greencrude' for jet fuel conversion.
It added that the product is suitable for conversion into drop-in SAF and can be produced by existing refineries with their current equipment and infrastructure. Alder expects the completion of its first plant in 2024.
It must be noted that in January 2021, Boeing committed to delivering 100% SAF-capable airplanes by 2030 and is also using SAF in its operations while working across the globe to scale up the supply of SAF.