Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC, May 18, 2022 – A coalition of 42 business aviation leaders, major U.S. airlines and other industry associations is urging the White House to clear regulatory roadblocks hindering the scale-up of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production – and the carbon emissions reductions that SAF can bring the aviation sector. SAF has the potential to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions as much as 80%.
The Biden Administration, in support of its climate goals, last September announced a SAF Grand Challenge to get SAF production to 3 billion gallons annually by 2030.
In a letter to President Biden’s national climate advisor, Gina McCarthy, the associations representing aerospace companies, airlines, airports, biotechnology, business aviation and renewable fuels producers said “creating a commercial supply of SAF is of critical importance to both the aviation sector and our nation’s environment. We believe the SAF Grand Challenge can be the foundation for a viable and productive domestic SAF industry, creating tens of thousands of jobs and enabling the United States to retain its position as the world leader in this emerging market.
“However, it is imperative that the Biden administration act now to solidify a complementary regulatory framework to foster cleaner, more sustainable, and more secure domestic energy sources for aviation.”
The coalition also thanked the administration for its support of two legislative initiatives pending in Congress: a SAF blender’s tax credit and a separate SAF grant program. Both have passed the U.S. House of Representatives and are pending in the U.S. Senate. They would enable the federal government and the aviation industry to make significant strides in emissions reduction, while supporting U.S. job growth and energy security.
Under the Grand Challenge, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has pledged to take “steps designed to expedite the regulatory approval process to support newly developed fuels and feedstocks that may be viable for inclusion as able to general Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) under renewable fuel in the Federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.”
In the letter, the stakeholders said the EPA should finalize the “biointermediate” provisions contained in the RFS annual rule with simple fixes that would dramatically improve the ability to achieve the Biden administration’s 3 billion gallon SAF goal. The requested fixes include:
- Allowing SAF feedstock to be processed at more than two facilities
- Allowing biointermediate feedstock to be sold to more than one refinery
- Updating the definition of “biocrude”
- Allowing for commingling of biointermediates
- Authorizing use of pipeline biogas for SAF
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About the Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a coalition of international aviation organizations committed to expanding the availability and use of sustainable aviation fuel, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft. The coalition works with a wide range of stakeholders to advance the proliferation of alternative jet fuels at all the logical touchpoints: the manufacturers, the ground handlers, and the operators, at the regional, national, and international levels. The coalition believes SAF, which can reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions as much as 80 percent, is essential to meeting international climate goals and the coalition’s Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change (BACCC), which calls for the industry to carbon emissions in half and achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050. For more information: www.futureofsustainablefuel.com.
Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 10,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at nbaa.org.
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