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Air Australia will be powered by renewable biofuels by 2020

Qantas recently announced its Los Angeles based aircraft will be powered by biofuel from 2020, reducing the

airline’s carbon emissions on its services operating between the U.S. and Australia.

Over the next 10 years, the airline will purchase 8 million gallons (30 million liters) of renewable jet fuel each year

from U.S. based bio-energy company, SG Preston. The fuel will be used by Qantas’ aircraft operating from Los

Angeles Airport (LAX) to Australia and follows the Qantas Group’s successful domestic biofuel trial flights in 2012.

The fuel consists of 50 percent renewable jet fuel produced from non-food plant oils, blended with 50 percent

traditional jet fuel.  Compared to standard jet fuel, the biofuel emits half the amount of carbon emissions per gallon

over its life cycle.

CEO of Qantas International and Freight, Gareth Evans said the commercial biofuel agreement is the first of its kind

in Australian aviation history.

“The partnership with SG Preston is part of our commitment to lowering carbon emissions across our operations

and sees us becoming the first Australian airline to use renewable jet fuel on an ongoing basis,” Evans said. “As an

airline group we are constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace new technologies and this

partnership is a significant step on that journey. Our agreement with SG Preston allows us to secure a supply for our

Los Angeles based aircraft where we have a large fuel demand and where the biofuel industry is more advanced.

Through our biofuel program we are also exploring renewable jet fuel opportunities in Australia and continue to work

with suppliers to develop locally produced biofuels for aviation use.”

SG Preston’s CEO Randy Delbert LeTang said he is excited about the partnership with Qantas and helping the

airline reduce its carbon emissions. “Qantas is showing great leadership in its commitment to biofuels. We look

forward to providing a high-performance renewable fuel for one of the most important routes on their international

network,” he said.

Director of Environment for IATA, Michael Gill applauded Qantas and SG Preston on the new deal. “IATA

congratulates Qantas and SG Preston on this landmark agreement, being the first commercial biofuel offtake for

an Australian airline,” he said. “Deals such as these are critical to the development of an aviation biofuel sector

globally and the achievement of the aviation industry’s climate goals.”

Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to, and meets the same technical, performance and safety standards

as conventional jet fuel. SG Preston’s biofuel is produced from renewable plant oils, which do not compete with

food production and which meet Qantas’ stringent sustainability certification requirements.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Source:Biomass Magazine