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July WASDE maintains forecast for 2024-’25 soybean oil use in biofuel production

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By Erin Voegele

July 12, 2024

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The USDA maintained its forecast for 2024-’25 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest WASDE report, released July 12. The outlook for soybean production was lowered, but the forecast for soybean oil prices was unchanged.

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Reps. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., and 35 of their colleagues on July 10 sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to set 2026 RFS RVOs that accurately reflect growth in biobased-diesel production.

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on July 11 announced up to $36 million in funding to develop technologies to lower nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions by 50% from the cultivation of corn and sorghum used for U.S. ethanol production.

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USGC staff and representatives traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in June to join Advanced Biofuels Canada in hosting a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) policy roundtable on the sidelines of a USDA agribusiness trade mission.

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The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has released a RFI on renewable propane production technologies and uses to better understand the supply chains for production and uses of renewable propane and other renewable gaseous intermediates.

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IATA: South Africa has vast potential for SAF production

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By International Air Transport Association

July 11, 2024

The International Air Transport Association has called on South Africa to mobilize its experience, resources, and infrastructure to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production.

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Vattenfall and Shell have decided to pause their collaboration in the HySkies electrofuel project while Vattenfall continues the search for new partners to join potential industry decarbonization developments in the Forsmark region of Sweden.

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A new study shows feedstocks produced within the U.S. are on track to support domestic production of an additional 1.4 billion gallons of renewable diesel and biodiesel, also known as biomass-based diesel (BBD), by 2030.

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EASA supports scale up of SAF through EU Clearing House

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By European Union Aviation Safety Agency

July 10, 2024

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is supporting the scale up of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), via the now operating EU SAF Clearing House, as a critical step forward in reducing aviation emissions.

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U.S. operable biofuels production capacity increased in April, with gains for ethanol, biodiesel and renewable diesel, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on June 28. Feedstock consumption was down from the previous month.

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Japan is working to develop standards for SAF according to a report filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network on July 5. The government is expecting to begin drafting SAF legislation later this year.

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Neste will supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to Hotelplan Group, a globally active Swiss travel group in the leisure and business travel sector, to enable Hotelplan to expand the use of SAF across the whole group.

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Shell plc on July 2 announced it will temporarily pause on-site construction work on a biorefinery in the Netherlands “to address project delivery and ensure future competitiveness given current market conditions.”

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Twelve on June 18 announced the launch of its "Fuel for the Long Haul" brand campaign introducing an industry-first breakthrough technology and the company's first market offering, E-Jet® sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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The U.S. has enough biomass potential to produce 35 billion gallons per year of aviation biofuel by 2050, a new report confirms. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s John Field provided biomass feedstock production expertise within the report.

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LanzaJet on June 25 announced an investment from MUFG.The investment enables LanzaJet to continue building its capability and capacity to deploy its proprietary ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) process technology.

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Air New Zealand in late June received a shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into Wellington, its first delivery to the nation's capital city and another small step towards its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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The U.S. DOE Clean Fuels & Products Shot Summit Q&A is now available. Stakeholders across government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations attended the event to learn about the Shot’s objectives, progress, priorities, and future plans.

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The USDA announced improvements to the camelina pilot crop insurance program for the 2025 and succeeding crop years. USDA’s RMA is expanding coverage options by allowing enterprise units and increasing maximum coverage levels.

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The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates 2024 soybean planted acreage at 86.1 million acres, up 3% when compared to last year, according to the agency’s annual Acreage report, released June 28.

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Phillips 66 on June 26 announced that its Rodeo Renewable Energy Complex in California is operating at full capacity, producing 50,000 barrels per day (800 MMgy) of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

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LanzaTech Global Inc. and LanzaJet Inc. are launching CirculAir, a new joint offering to convert waste, carbon, and renewable power into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and immediately accelerate decarbonization of the aviation industry globally.

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The USDA on June 26 launched a RFI seeking public comments on procedures for quantifying, reporting and verifying the effect of climate-smart farming practices on the GHG emissions associated with U.S.-grown biofuel feedstocks.

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MAIRE announces that KT - Kinetics Technology, also leveraging the technological know-how of NEXTCHEM, has been awarded by HOLBORN Europa Raffinerie GmbH an EPC project to develop an HVO complex inside the existing HOLBORN’s refinery in Hamburg, Germany.

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MAIRE S.p.A. announces that NEXTCHEM, through its subsidiary MyRechemical, has signed a licensing contract to provide its proprietary NX Circular gasification technology to DG Fuels Louisiana, a proposed 450 MMgy SAF plant.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America on June 25 filed a formal petition asking the U.S. EPA to reconsider RFS volumes for 2024 and 2025. The agency set biomass-based diesel and overall advanced volumes significantly below actual production of the fuels.

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A bipartisan group of six senators on June 20 send a letter to the U.S. EPA, USDA, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Customers and Board Protection expressing concern with dramatic increases in used cooking oil (UCO) imports from China.

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SAF Coalition welcomes 10 new members

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By Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition

June 24, 2024

The Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Coalition has welcomed 10 new companies and organizations involved in the development and deployment of SAF into its membership, bringing its total count to more than 50.

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The Sedona-Oak Creek Airport Authority—in partnership with Avfuel Corp. and the airport’s fixed base operator (FBO), Red Rock Aviation—has announced Sedona Airport now offers an emissions-reducing fuel option: SAF.

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LanzaTech Global Inc. on June 20 announced an increase in its holdings of LanzaJet Inc., a leading sustainable aviation fuel technology provider and fuels producer. LanzaTech now owns approximately 36% of LanzaJet.

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