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By Erin Voegele

November 28, 2023

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President Joe Biden on Sept. 9 joined leaders of India, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates to launch the Global Biofuels Alliance. The launch took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

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Neste is disputing a report filed with the USDA that suggests the company may have received fraudulent used cooking oil (UCO) volumes at its renewable products refinery in Singapore, specifically virgin palm oil from Indonesia.

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Sept. 13 approved a new law that ramps up requirements for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the European Union but sets limits on what types of feedstocks that fuel can be made from.

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Global used cooking oil (UCO) supplies are anticipated to rise from 3.7 billion gallons in 2022 to between 5 billion and 10 billion gallons by 2030, according to a report released by Clean Fuels Alliance America on Sept. 13.

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VARO Energy on Sept. 7 announced the construction of a large-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing facility at the Gunvor Energy Rotterdam site, investing $600 million with the aim of helping its airline customers decarbonize.

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The U.K. government on Sept. 4 announced plans to introduce a revenue certainty mechanism to support domestic SAF production. The initiative aims to bolster the development of SAF and drive further investment in SAF projects.

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The U.K. government’s Trade Remedies Authority on Oct. 5 announced it has launched a transition review into countervailing measures on biodiesel imported from Argentina. The review aims to assess whether the measures still serve the U.K.’s needs.

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Royal Caribbean Group on Sept. 19 announced the completion of more than 12 consecutive weeks of biofuel testing in Europe. The compnay's Symphony of the Seas ship successfully tested and used a biofuel blend to meet parts of its fuel needs.

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Cepsa and Air Europa have sealed an alliance whereby the energy company will supply 14.4 tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the airline for one year to cover the first monthly Madrid-Havana flight.

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Chevron Renewable Energy Group broke ground on the expansion of its Emden, Germany biorefinery during a ceremony held on Sept. 2. The expansion project includes the addition of a pretreatment system at the facility.

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The U.S. exported 97,462.6 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in July, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Sept. 6. Biodiesel imports were at 104,711 metric tons for the month.

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The European Union on Aug. 17 opened an investigation into whether Indonesia has circumvented EU countervailing duties on imports of biodiesel originating in the country by routing the fuel through China and the U.K.

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The Lufthansa Group and the HCS Group have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to partner on the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Starting in 2026, HCS could supply Lufthansa with SAF produced via ATJ technology.

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Neste released second quarter financial results on July 27, reporting robust demand for renewable diesel and relatively stable feedstock pricing. SAF and renewable diesel sales were up 17 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2022.

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Virgin Atlantic and Rolls-Royce on July 20 confirm the successful SAF blend ground test on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine. The airline plans to fuel a transatlantic flight on 100 percent SAF on Nov. 28.

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SAF Magazine and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) announced the preliminary agenda for the North American SAF Conference & Expo taking place Aug. 29-30 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The U.S. exported 106,744.4 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in May, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on July 6. Biodiesel imports were at 119,073.4 metric tons.

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Sasol and Topsoe have signed a landmark agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture (JV) solidifying their commitment to produce SAF. The JV aims to develop, build, own, and operate SAF plants and market the SAF they produce.

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Boeing on June 20 launched SAF Dashboard, a tool that tracks expected SAF capacity over the next decade. Based on data collected by BloombergNEF, the Dashboard aggregates total SAF capacity announcements by suppliers on a global scale.

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TotalEnergies is actively responding to a call from its aviation customers to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and has announced it will be in a position to produce half a million tons of SAF annually by 2028.

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This summer, Royal Caribbean Group will set a new industry milestone in alternative fuel use when Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex and Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas, set sail in Europe using sustainable biofuel.

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DHL Global Forwarding and IAG Cargo have announced a strategic partnership in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). DHL has signed a contract to purchase 11.5 million liters of SAF Scope 3 transport emissions reductions in 2023.

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Cargolux became the first airline to uplift SAF at Luxembourg Airport with the use of the fuel on a celebratory cargo flight. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel was supplied to the airport's fuel storage using NATO's Central European Pipeline System.

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Trollhättan-Vänersborg Airport in the southwestern part of Sweden, will be the first airport in the world to offer only blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for all aircraft refueling at the airport. The SAF will be provided by Neste.

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The U.S. exported 147,212.9 metric tons of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater in April, according to data released by the USDA on June 7. Imports of biodiesel and biodiesel blends of B30 and greater reached 134,326.1 metric tons.

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Air Canada completed its inaugural Montreal to Amsterdam flights on June 3, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using sustainable aviation fuel. The airline is also expanding its partnership with Neste to incorporate SAF into some of its Amsterdam flights.

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Ahead of the Paris Air Show held in Le Bourget, TotalEnergies is stepping up production of SAF and low carbon energies of its Grandpuits site in France. The company is doubling SAF production capacity to 285,000 tons.

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A public comment period on a proposed U.K. SAF mandate is set to close June 22. The mandate, proposed by the U.K. Department of Transport in late March, would require jet fuel suppliers to blend SAF into aviation fuel starting in 2025.

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Navigator Terminals and alfanar will enter a joint FEED study to determine the key scope for the U.K.'s first SAF handling terminal that will be located on North Tees to transport feedstock and handle the production volumes from alfanar's plant.

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Qatar Airways has signed a deal with Shell to source 3,000 metric tons of neat SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. It encompasses the existing jet fuel contract with Shell at Amsterdam which will now see Qatar Airways using a 5 percent SAF blend.

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