To address climate change, the Paris Agreement set a goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Reaching this goal requires action spanning every sector of the economy. Some industries have a longer journey transitioning to clean energy than others. Aviation, for example, has been heavily reliant on fossil fuels and has a large carbon footprint. Some ask if civil aviation will ever be compatible with a net-zero world.
The most promising path for decarbonizing aviation is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). SAF is a low-carbon synthetic fuel used to power aircraft with similar properties to conventional jet fuel but with a significantly smaller carbon footprint. Not only is SAF commercially and technically viable, but it is also versatile and scalable in the long-term.
At LanzaJet, we are preparing to open the world’s first Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) SAF commercial facility, LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels, in Soperton, Georgia, which will soon begin the production of 10 million annual gallons of sustainable fuel. This first-of-its kind facility will significantly increase current US SAF production volumes and has become a blueprint for upcoming ATJ projects around the world. The growing SAF industry is revitalizing rural communities across the US by creating new, good paying jobs, just as LanzaJet Freedom Pines Fuels is doing today in rural Georgia.
To understand the scale of the aviation industry and the real-world benefits of SAF, check out our infographic below.
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