US Releases Roadmap To Achieve Carbon Neutral Aviation Emissions


(MENAFN- Khaleej Times)

On Saturday, US Secretary of Energy Jennifer M Granholm announced the release of the Sustainable Aviation
Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap: a comprehensive plan that outlines a government
-wide strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce sustainable aviation fuel
s (SAFs) across the US airline industry
.

A collaborative effort between the US Departments of Energy, Agriculture
, Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Aviation
Administration, the roadmap will spur technological innovation to produce SAF.

It also aims to position the country as a global leader in the emerging SAF market
, and enable America to meet President Biden's clean energy
goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050.

'From field to flight, this data-driven technology
strategy will help guide America's scientists and industry
to chart our course to clean skies,' said Secretary Granholm.

'Not only is Sustainable Aviation
Fuel critical to decarbonising the airline industry
and reaching our climate goals, but this plan will help American companies corner the market
on a valuable emerging industry
,' he added

US commercial aviation currently consumes approximately 10 per cent of all transportation
energy
and contributes 2 per cent of the nation's CO₂ emissions.

This clean fuel
has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel
but with a fraction of its carbon footprint emerging SAF pathways even have a net-negative greenhouse gas
footprint.

SAF can be made from renewable
biomass and other resources, including corn grain, algae, agricultural and forestry residues, and municipal solid waste streams, and enough biomass can be collected sustainably each year in the United States to produce 50-60 billion gallons of low-carbon fuel
s.

Growing, sourcing, and producing SAF from renewable
and waste resources can also create new economic opportunities in agricultural and rural communities, improve the environment, and even boost aircraft performance.

'Today's announcement charts out actions to ensure crops
used for fuel
that are grown here at home by hard-working Americans can create opportunities for American farmers, business owners and rural communities,' said Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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The SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap ensures the alignment of government
and industry
actions, and coordinates national policies to achieve the goals of the SAF Grand Challenge, which was signed in 2021 by the partnering agencies and consists of two major goals: To achieve a minimum of a 50 per cent reduction in life greenhouse gas
emissions compared to conventional fuel
; and to supply
sufficient amounts of it to meet 100 per cent of aviation fuel
demand by 2050.

This Grand Challenge's current objectives include expanding supply
and end use, reducing its cost, and enhancing its sustainability.

The roadmap also helps position the United States as an exporter of SAF technology
and fuel
s, to support other countries on their path to decarbonise aviation.

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