Growth in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Commercial Aviation

Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC’s process for creating sustainable aviation fuel in Washington State is centered on using a voluminous supply of renewable woody biomass from local feedstock suppliers. This fact sheet is the first in a series on commercial aviation, by examining the impact the growth of air travel and freight will have on greenhouse gas emissions.

In 1960, 100 million people traveled by air. In 2017, 4 Billion people traveled by air across the world. While the collective use of automobiles, production of electricity, and the industrial and agricultural sectors each exceed the climate change impact of commercial aviation, passenger airline travel has the highest and fastest growth in the production of emissions even with significant improvements in the efficiency of aircraft and flight operations over the last 60 years. Passenger air travel is projected to rise dramatically over the next 20 years. The challenge now is how to reduce greenhouse emissions produced by commercial aviation.

NARA Biomass Assessment & Modeling Report

Started in 2013, this three-year, $40 million study was about the availability, the use, the logistics and the cost and the benefits of using forest residuals and mill residues as a source for biojet fuel. This report validates the need for using woody biomass for creating sustainable aviation fuel.

NARA Report is from a study done by the Department of Agriculture. It was put on by Washington State University, the University of Washington, Oregon State University with a lot of contributions from both the private and the public sector.

To accomplish this the NARA Biomass Modeling and Assessment group developed and enhanced existing models of forest markets to generate a set of logging residue supply curves for a set of potential biorefinery sites across the OR, WA, ID, and MT region.

WSU Aviation Biofuel Research Attracts Interest From Delta Air Lines

An initiative led by Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, Washington State University and Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance (NARA) on aviation biofuels research attracts the interest of Delta to invest $2 Million into a feasibility study.

Learn about Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC is a renewable fuel and “Energy” development company providing sustainable, cellulosic, commercial scale, ASTM compliant sustainable aviation biojet fuel in Washington State, using a voluminous supply of woody biomass from local feedstock suppliers is getting worldwide attention for worldwide expansion.

This partnership will research the potential for a sustainable biofuel refinery in Washington state, where researchers already have shown that wood waste can be converted into aviation fuel. The sustainable biofuel would be produced from locally sourced forest residuals such as limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests.

NWABF Executes the Largest Ever, Sustainable Aviation Fuel Offtake Agreement with Delta

The following is a release from Delta Air Lines regarding their ongoing commitment to addressing and combating global climate changes. Delta Air Lines is committing to using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as they work to reduce fuel emissions. Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels is committed to producing clean, renewable green commercially viable projects producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) required for the aviation industry over the next 20 years.

Building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF), Delta enters into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF.
The facility will be in Washington state to supply sustainable aviation fuel for Delta operations in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.

Delta Commits $1B To Become First Carbon Neutral Airline 

Delta Air Lines sets a vision for meaningfully reducing emissions and advancing sustainability.

Starting March 1, 2020, Delta Air Lines commits $1 billion over the next 10 years on its journey to mitigate all emissions from its global business going forward. Delta will invest in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and establishing new projects to mitigate the balance of emissions.

As part of its commitment, Delta’s partners with industry innovators to advance the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels, including its recent partnerships and offtake agreements with NWABF and Gevo.

Contact NWABF to learn more about our renewable and sustainable aviation fuel and “Energy” development solutions.