Recommend Path to Accelerate Viability of Aviation Biofuels
By Steve Hall
February 5, 2012 - Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, and Boeing released several recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to accelerate the commercial viability and deployment of aviation biofuels.
The recommendations were announced in conjunction with
the recent publication of the working-draft “Farm to
Fly” report issued by the USDA, A4A and Boeing.
“While there has been a great deal of progress made
toward the deployment of aviation biofuels, additional
steps are needed to support the commercial viability of
this new industry,” said A4A Vice President and Chief
Economist John Heimlich.
“This support must be aimed to achieve proof of
commercialization and to validate the business model for
all elements of the supply chain. Strong support across
the supply chain will help scale up production of
sustainable alternative aviation fuels.”
to Fly partnership was established in July 2010 to advance a
comprehensive and sustainable aviation biofuels
rural-development plan. As the lead agency responsible for
feedstock development and production systems, USDA joined with
A4A and the Boeing Company in a resolution to accelerate the
availability of sustainable aviation biofuels in the United
States, increase domestic energy security, establish regional
supply chains and support rural development.
committed to the development and deployment of sustainable
alternative fuels for use in jet aircraft. The Farm to Fly
initiative builds on and expands the work of the Commercial
Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), of which A4A is a
co-founding and co-leading member, to hasten the availability of
commercially viable, environmentally preferred alternative jet
there has been a great deal of progress made toward laying a
strong foundation for the deployment of aviation biofuels,
additional steps are needed to support the commercial viability
of this new industry. This support must be aimed to achieve
proof of commercialization to validate the business model for
all elements of the supply chain. Fundamental support across the
supply chain will help scale up production of aviation biofuel.
foundation must be laid for all supply-chain elements to become
self-sustaining, having at least two successful commercial-scale
projects in appropriate parts of the country is a necessary
precursor to private investment and scalable production on a
broader national scale.
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