SAF and Renewable Diesel Technology? The technology developed to produce renewable diesel for road transportation can also be used to produce other renewables – like sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable and recycled plastics, and renewable chemicals. Why is this important?
The International Air Transport Association member airlines have committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The significant majority of this commitment is realized by the use of SAF. Carbon capture and storage, and carbon offsets, will also contribute significantly, and new propulsion technology (such as hydrogen) and efficiency improvement accounting for the remainder. Since SAF has chemical properties almost identical to conventional jet fuel, it can be blended up to 50% with traditional jet fuel with no modifications required to the design of the airplane. It can reduce carbon emissions by up to 80% and can be produced from 100% renewable waste and residue feedstocks.
The evidence shows that the world is recognizing the value of renewable diesel’s circular economy in recycling the world’s trash as new policies and mandates show continued dedication to increasing the use of these fuels and to the continued development of new technologies
Understanding that securing the cheapest feedstock, transporting it to a plant that has the best SAF and renewable diesel technology to convert, and shipping the renewable diesel to the place that offers the highest incentives and has growing market demand, are the keys to meaningful returns and margins on renewable diesel and SAF.
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