Boeing Commits to Biggest Investment in Bio-Based Jet Fuel

Boeing has committed to its most significant purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to date. The company will acquire 9.4 million gallons (35.6 million liters) of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024, a 60% increase compared to their 2023 buy. This move signifies a major step towards Boeing's sustainability goals. SAF, produced from renewable sources like used cooking oil, boasts a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to traditional jet fuel. The specific blend Boeing is acquiring consists of 30% SAF and 70% conventional jet fuel.


The fuel will be utilized in two ways. Firstly, it will directly support Boeing's ecoDemonstrator program, a series of flight tests designed to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies, including sustainable aviation fuels. Secondly, the blended fuel will be used in Boeing's U.S. commercial operations, contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for their commercial flights. Boeing isn't just acquiring the fuel – they're also taking steps to address the limited availability of SAF. Through a process called book-and-claim, Boeing will purchase the emissions reduction associated with an additional 5.4 million gallons of blended SAF. This strategy helps incentivize the production of more sustainable fuel even though it won't be physically delivered to Boeing.

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Neste, the leading producer of SAF globally, will supply the fuel. The total volume will be delivered through a combination of channels. Boeing will receive 4 million gallons directly into its fuel farms in the Pacific Northwest. The remaining 5.4 million gallons will be supplied by EPIC Fuels and Avfuel, two major distributors of aviation fuel. This substantial purchase by Boeing sends a strong message to the aviation industry. It highlights the growing commitment towards sustainable aviation practices and underscores the viability of SAF as a key solution for reducing the environmental impact of air travel. The collaboration between Boeing, Neste, and fuel distributors demonstrates a coordinated effort to address the challenges associated with SAF adoption.

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The success of this initiative hinges on several factors. Continued investment in SAF production is crucial to meet the growing demand from airlines. Additionally, collaboration between policymakers, airlines, fuel producers, and research institutions will be necessary to refine production processes and make SAF a more cost-competitive alternative to traditional jet fuel. Boeing's record-breaking SAF purchase marks a significant milestone on the path toward a more sustainable aviation industry. It remains to be seen how quickly the industry can scale up SAF production and integrate it into mainstream operations. However, Boeing's commitment serves as a positive step towards a greener future for air travel.

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