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First Emirates flights cleared for take-off with SAF from Dubai

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By Emirates

November 28, 2023

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The first Emirates flights operating with SAF provided by Shell Aviation have taken off from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Emirates’ flight EK 412 bound for Sydney on Oct. 24 was among the first to operate with SAF.

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Southwest Airlines Co. on Nov. 2 announced an offtake agreement with USA BioEnergy LLC for up to 680 million gallons of neat sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be delivered over a 20-year period from USA Bioenergy’s proposed facility in Texas.

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Co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus on Nov. 2 reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for all renewable fuels under the RFS.

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SATORP, platform jointly owned by Aramco (62.5 percent) and TotalEnergies (37.5 percent), has for the first time in the MENA region successfully converted used cooking oil through coprocessing into ISCC+ certified SAF.

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CVR Energy Inc. processed a record volume of renewable feedstock at its Wynnewood refinery during Q4. The facility’s feedstock pretreatment unit is nearing mechanical completion and CVR is continuing to evaluate the possibility of producing SAF.

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Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., on Oct. 26 announced the introduction of a bill that aims to update the USDA’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Products Assistance loan guarantee program.

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Seventy industry leaders covering nearly the entire supply chain for SAF, including major airlines, are calling on the Biden Administration to recognize the GREET model as a “similar methodology” for purposes of the IRA’s SAF tax credit.

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U.S. biofuels operable production capacity was up slightly in August, with a small gain for ethanol, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 31. Feedstock consumption was down slightly from the previous month.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and five of his colleagues are urging the IRS to ensure that fuels made from petroleum products, specifically plastic feedstocks, are unable to qualify for the IRA’s SAF and clean fuels production tax credits.

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Phillips 66 has confirmed the renewables conversion of its refinery in Rodeo, California, is progressing on schedule with startup expected in Q1 2024. Once fully operational, the facility will have the capacity to produce 800 MMgy of renewable fuels.

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SAF reduces the number of ultrafine particles that are emitted from the aircraft engines, thereby improving air quality. This is one of the conclusions drawn from a large-scale international study using a SAS aircraft at Copenhagen Airport.

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Valero Energy Corp. released Q3 financial results on Oct. 26, reporting significantly higher earnings and production volumes for its ethanol segment. Renewable diesel sales volumes were also up and the company’s SAF project remains on schedule.

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Neste Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 26, reporting a 40 percent increase in comparable EBITDA for its Renewable Products segment. Margins and sales volumes for renewable diesel and SAF were also up.

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Farnborough Airport, the home of British aviation and Europe’s leading airport for premium air travel connectivity, on Oct. 25 announced the sale of its millionth liter of SAF. The airport began offering SAF to its customers in 2021.

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The call for presentation abstracts for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo, produced by Biomass Magazine, is now open. The event will take place March 4-6, 2024, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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OMV and Ryanair on Oct. 19 announced the signing of an offtake agreement to supply 500 metric tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Vienna Airport in 2023. The agreement will save over 1,250 metric tons in CO2 emissions .

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Cebu Pacific, the Philippines' leading airline, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Neste, the world’s leading producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), to explore the supply and purchase of SAF in Asia Pacific.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America announces the strategic addition of Cory-Ann Wind, the visionary leader behind Oregon’s groundbreaking Clean Fuel Program. Wind will assume the director of state regulatory affairs role beginning Jan. 8, 2024.

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Rolls-Royce on Oct. 18 announced the successful completion of a series of tests with 100 percent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on its latest generation of business aviation engines, the Pearl 15 and the Pearl 10X.

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Clean Fuels names Earl as director of state governmental affairs

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By Clean Fuels Alliance America

November 28, 2023

Clean Fuels Alliance America has promoted Jeff Earl to the director of state governmental affairs following the retirement of Floyd Vergara. Earl will lead the organization’s efforts in advocating for enhanced state policies and initiatives.

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Embraer on Oct. 15 announced it has successfully tested the Phenom 300E and Praetor 600 on 100 percent neat sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). SAF for the testing was provided by World Fuel and used to fuel one engine.

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Louis Dreyfus Co. is constructing a soybean processing plant in Ohio, with crushing, vegetable oil refining and lecithin production and packaging capabilities. The plant also provides an option to participate in the biofuel feedstock market.

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Nearly 1.95 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in September, up from 1.73 billion generated during the same month of 2022, according to data released by the U.S. EPA. Total RIN generation for the first nine months of 2023 was at 17.41 billion.

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DHL Express and World Energy have signed a long-term strategic agreement to accelerate the decarbonization of aviation logistics through the purchase of approximately 668 million liters of SAF via sustainable aviation fuel certificates (SAFc).

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Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Oct. 17 reintroduced the Adopt GREET Act, which aims to require the U.S. EPA to update its greenhouse gas (GHG) modeling for all renewable fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Emirates and Neste have expanded their partnership by solidifying their collaboration for the supply of over 3 million gallons of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024 and 2025. The SAF will be supplied over the course of 2024 and 2025.

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Avfuel Corp. is launching its Avfuel Zero, a program that aims to help flight operators create tailored emissions reduction plans by leveraging a wide array of sustainable solutions, including SAF, book and claim for SAF, and carbon credits.

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Boeing is partnering with NASA and United Airlines for in-flight testing to measure how sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) affects contrails and non-carbon emissions, in addition to reducing the fuel's life cycle climate impact.

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Carbon Capture Magazine has announced that Tom Buis, CEO at American Carbon Alliance, will keynote the general session panel of the National Carbon Capture Conference & Expo. The event takes place Nov. 7-8 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Neste, ISCC and DHL Group have joined forces to pioneer and test a system through which airlines, logistics service providers and end customers such as corporates can credibly report the emission reduction achieved by using SAF.

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