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Report: Recommendations for Biofuels in the Aviation Industry

June 28, 2013

The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has released a report outlining the steps needed to make biofuels a permanent facet of the commercial aviation industry. The report also identified the importance of making this a reality, as well as outlined the commitments made by MASBI partners in the years ahead.

Expanding the availability of aviation-grade biofuels will have numerous benefits to the airline industry and the economy. From 1990 to 2012, fuel costs increased by 574% and are now the single largest expense for commercial aviation, accounting for up to 40% of an airline’s operating budget. The industry spends $6.3 billion on fuel for flights originating out of the Midwest alone; if they replaced 5% of their petroleum fuel with biofuel, they could more than 3,600 jobs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 700,000 tons.

The report was produced after a year-long analysis of MASBI members United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation, and the Clean Energy Trust. Their advisory council is chaired by the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s partner, Argonne National Laboratory. Key recommendations included:

The MASBI project partners also agreed to several commitments to further advance aviation biofuel development:

For more information on their research and findings, read the full report, Fueling a Sustainable Future for Aviation.

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