Boeing Leads Aviation Industry’s Adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuels with Purchase of 2 Million Gallons

Boeing on Monday signed an agreement with EPIC Fuels for the purchase 2 million gallons of sustainable blended aviation fuel, or SAF, that will power its commercial operations in two U.S. states through the end of the year.

This purchase marks the largest purchase of SAF by any aircraft manufacturer and positions Boeing as a leader in the adoption of SAF in the aviation industry. The agreement also represents a key step towards Boeing’s sustainability goals, including its efforts to fly 100% SAF by 2030.

“SAF is a safe, proven and immediate solution that will help achieve our industry’s long-term commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” commented Sheila Remesvice president of environmental sustainability at Boeing.

Sustainable jet fuels – derived from raw materials, inedible agricultural waste and other renewable materials – offer an 80% CO2 reduction rate, and their use is expected to increase in the coming years as airlines accelerate their targets environmental measures in accordance with the December decision of the White House. 2021 Executive Decree on clean energy and federal sustainability.

Kevin Welshexecutive director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Environment and Energy, recently spoke about the rise of SAFs and their role in broader sustainability initiatives during the FAA: fireside chat on climate change priorities hosted by GovCon Wire Events.

“A lot of work has been done over the last decade, including by the FAA, but really in partnership with other government agencies and industry, to demonstrate that there are sustainable fuels – fuels that globally reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which can be safely used in existing aircraft and infrastructure,” he shared with the virtual audience.

“The challenge,” Welsh revealed, “has been the cost of these fuels and increasing production,” so they can be produced and used in meaningful quantities.

Boeing’s purchase of SAF reflects a greater push within the private and public sectors to implement sustainability initiatives and lower the emissions curve as extreme weather events caused by climate change continue to threaten critical government and industry infrastructure and facilities.

In line with Biden’s Executive Order on Sustainability, the Department of Defense recently established the new role of director of sustainable development and named Joe Bryan, a former senior climate adviser in the office of the Secretary of Defense, to fill the position.

The Pentagon also just issued a request for information on vendors who can provide carbon-free electricity generation services for the federal government.

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