LanzaJet Applauds New Inflation Reduction Act Law

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LanzaJet Applauds Signing into Law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to Support Building a New Sustainable Fuels Industry, Enable Decarbonization, and Advance the US Towards 3 billion Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production by 2030.

CHICAGO – (August 16, 2022) – The passage of The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) will catalyze a new domestic Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) industry to decarbonize the aviation sector. LanzaJet, Inc., a leading SAF producer, and technology provider through its proprietary Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) process, applauds the IRA’s passage. It recognizes the critical role this legislation will play in enabling aggressive scale-up of SAF, supporting an ecosystem of innovation and transformation in aviation.

The aviation industry and the Administration share a joint goal under the SAF Grand Challenge of achieving 3 billion gallons of domestic SAF production by 2030 and 100% SAF by 2050. The IRA provides critical policy tools to scale domestic SAF production to achieve these ambitious goals rapidly. LanzaJet committed in 2021 to fulfilling one-third of the U.S. target by enabling the production of 1 billion gallons of SAF by 2030 using its industry-leading technology, which converts ethanol into drop-in SAF and renewable diesel. The U.S. market provides significant access to low-carbon, sustainable feedstocks and waste sources that can be converted into ethanol and from ethanol into sustainable transportation fuels.

The U.S. is poised to lead the world in the energy transition, and this legislation is a leap forward in advancing energy security, economic development, and climate action. LanzaJet applauds Congress for leading through action, and the inclusion of a performance-based Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tax credit positions the U.S. to lead in developing a new, global sustainable fuels industry. We look forward to working with Congress and industry leaders to accelerate the transition to clean energy,” stated Jimmy Samartzis, CEO of LanzaJet. He continued, We’ve been at an inflection point in building this new industry. The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act allows U.S. manufacturing, agriculture, biofuel, oil and gas, aviation, and financial industries to double-down, work together, and advance the development of the sustainable fuels industry.”

LanzaJet has been a strong advocate and industry leader on the SAF provisions in the IRA, which includes a new performance based SAF tax credit. This innovative feedstock- and technology-neutral credit provides an incentive of up to $1.75/gallon for SAF to achieve a 100% lifecycle GHG reduction that will drive investment in the high-performing SAF technologies like ATJ our nation will need to decarbonize the aviation sector. Access to low-cost capital is one of the most significant barriers to the rapid deployment of SAF technologies that have been proven but not yet deployed at a commercial scale. The IRA’s $245 million in complementary grant funding for SAF projects will further de-risk investment and speed the deployment of next-generation SAF technologies.

LanzaJet’s investors and partners recognize and applaud Congress for enacting a suite of foundational and innovative SAF policies that will ensure continued U.S. leadership in the emerging SAF industry and are already working to transform the nation’s economy. LanzaJet works in collaboration with its investors, partners, and funders, including LanzaTech, Mitsui & Co, Ltd., Suncor Energy, British Airways, Shell, Microsoft, and All Nippon Airways, to develop the U.S. SAF industry. The IRA’s SAF provisions will enable continued advancement and development of projects using LanzaJet’s ATJ technology, over 300 million gallons of which have already been publicly announced.

Upon President Biden signing this bill into law, LanzaJet’s investors reinforced the importance of this legislation in building a new SAF industry and in working together to continue to expand SAF production:

LanzaTech’s CEO and LanzaJet Board Chair, Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, said, This is a critical time for hard-to-abate sectors, including aviation. By enacting historic sustainable aviation fuel policies within the Inflation Reduction Act, the new tax credits and aviation grant programs will provide critical support for spurring a new domestic industry in the U.S., which can lower emissions, create new American jobs, and improve energy security and show U.S. global leadership.”

Mr. Toru Iijima, Chief Operating Officer of the Energy Solutions Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., stated, Mitsui welcomes the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act that will further support production and use of SAF in the United States. We look forward to jointly building the SAF industry in strong partnership with LanzaJet and other stakeholders and to contributing to the decarbonization of the aviation industry.”

Sir David King, world-renowned climate scientist, and technology leader, member of LanzaJet’s Board of Directors, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom and Head of the Government Office for Science, said, The Inflation Reduction Act is a major step forward for the U.S. in combating climate change, the biggest challenge facing humanity today. The world is already experiencing extreme weather events causing enormous losses and costs. Speaking for the world, this Act is a potentially enormous step forward for the States to join Europe in taking a leading role in managing these threats and growing green economies. The SAF tax credit provisions in the Act and grant funding for SAF projects represent a critical step by the U.S. government in catalyzing the SAF industry to enable decarbonization of the aviation industry.”

Media Contact: Daniel Cherrin, +1 – 313-300‑0932, media@​lanzajet.​com