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Singapore to implement SAF mandate starting in 2026

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By Erin Voegele

4 hours ago

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The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonize the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

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The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA on Feb. 22 released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), entitled, “Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels,” for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced biofuels.

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Cepsa and Bio-Oils, a subsidiary of Apical, are beginning construction of the largest second-generation biofuels plant in southern Europe. The facility will have the flexibly produce 500,000 tons of SAF and renewable diesel.

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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced its intent to issue funding to support research and development (R&D) projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon fuels, chemicals and agricultural products.

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Technip Energies announces a strategic investment in the United Airlines Ventures Sustainable Flight Fund, which is designed to leverage cross-industry support, providing start-ups working on SAF research, production and technology.

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A Pennsylvania refinery operated by a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc. is evaluating the possibility of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other renewable fuels, according to information contained in the company’s annual report.

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Airbus and TotalEnergies have signed a strategic partnership to address the challenges of decarbonizing aviation through SAF. The partnership includes components related to the supply of SAF in Europe and a research and innovation program.

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Neste Corp. released 2023 financial results on Feb. 8, reporting that renewable diesel production was up more than 15% when compared to 2022, with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production up nearly 59%.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America welcomed nearly 850 attendees from over 20 countries to connect with key players from the biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries at the Clean Fuels Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released a summary report following its Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) workshop held June 6-7, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Strategic Biofuels and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp., have entered into a joint development agreement for the proposed Louisiana Green Fuels project in Louisiana, which has now shifted its focus to SAF production.

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Legislation currently pending in Washington state aims to require airport operators to make a minimum 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to private jets owned by individuals or businesses once certain conditions are met.

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Neste and Amelia, a French regional airline, have closed an agreement for the supply of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Amelia has been using the SAF for all its flights departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol since Jan. 1.

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Future Energy Global, led by former GE Capital Aviation Services Head of Portfolio Strategy Natasha Mann, has launched an innovative financial ecosystem to accelerate the production and uptake of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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Emirates has become the first international airline to join The Solent Cluster, a U.K. initiative focused on low carbon investments established to reduce CO2 emissions from industry, transport and households in the South Coast of England.

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Cathay on Jan. 29 welcomed the successful launch of the Hong Kong SAF Coalition as its co-initiator. The coalition is convened and chaired by Business Environment Council, along with 13 founding partners from the SAF value chain.

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Valero Energy Corp. released Q4 financial results on Jan. 25, reporting an increase in renewable diesel production volumes despite lower margins. The SAF project under development in Texas remains on schedule for completion next year.

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Honeywell announced that Acelen Renewables has selected its Ecofining technology to help support the efficient production of a targeted 20,000 barrels per day SAF and renewable diesel at its facility in Bahia, Brazil.

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Biomass Magazine has announced the general session speakers for the 17th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo taking place March 4-6, 2024 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.

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Ryanair, Europe’s no.1 airline, and Enilive, a company directly controlled by Eni, announced on Jan. 22 that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the long-term supply of Enilive SAF at selected Ryanair airports across Italy.

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SAF Magazine, in collaboration with CAAFI, has announced the addition of an extra day to the 2024 North American SAF Conference & Expo. The event will now take place Sept. 11-13, 2024, in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

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Topsoe on Jan. 23 announced it has signed a licensing and engineering agreement with Preem to provide its HydroFlex technology for renewable diesel and SAF production to Preem’s refinery conversion project in Lysekil, Sweden.

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Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Jan. 22 introduced the Farm to Fly Act, a bill that aims to accelerate the production and development of SAF.

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The U.S. EPA’s 2023 RFS data shows that U.S. production of biomass-based diesel – including biodiesel, renewable diesel, SAF, and heating oil – reached 4 billion gallons in 2023, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

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Long Beach Airport has announced the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by general aviation jets. This eco-friendly alternative is now offered through Atlantic Aviation, one of two fixed-base operators at the airport.

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The Canada Infrastructure Bank on Jan. 17 announced it will provide Azure Sustainable Fuels Corp. with C$8.4 million to support a front-end engineering and design (FEED) study for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production in Canada.

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Cathay announced that cargo customers Dimerco Express Group and Yusen Logistics and non-governmental organization (NGO) partner Business Environment Council have joined its Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program.

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The International Energy Agency released a new report on Jan. 11, Renewables 2023, predicting that global biofuel demand will expand by 38 billion liters (10.4 billion gallons) between 2023 and 2028.

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Korean Air has partnered with Yusen Logistics, a global logistics company, to further promote the use of SAF in the air cargo industry. The two companies signed a SAF cooperation program agreement at the Yusen Logistics headquarters in Tokyo.

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A study released by Decision Innovation Solutions on Jan. 11 shows the Midwest stands to benefit greatly if the SAF goal of 35 billion gallons by 2050 is met, as two of the most likely SAF feedstocks would be soybean oil and corn.

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