Where will we get our biojet?

ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, has a target to cut carbon emissions in half by 2050.   While efficiency improvements like more fuel-efficient aircraft and better air traffic logistics can bring about half of the emissions reductions required, the other half will have to come through renewable jet fuel.  So if we hope to decarbonize the transport sector, we will need to have large amounts of biojet.

It is possible to produce the biojet from a wide range of feedstocks, through a wide range of processes.  Oleogenic pathways can use oil seeds from trees and oil-bearing crops like canola to produce kerosene from Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA).  Carbohydrate crops like sugarcane and maize can be harnessed by conventional processes to produce ethanol from sugar or starch and advanced processes to produce ethanol from stalks and stover, with subsequent upgrade to kerosene, in an ATJ (alcohol-to-jet) pathway.  Wood pathways can use logging and processing residues from forests to produce jet fuel through thermochemical conversion.  Which pathways are used in different places will largely depend on which feedstocks are cheapest and most abundant.  It will also depend on which conversion processes can be developed and commercialised at scale.  This side event will explore the most likely pathways for biojet expansion and discuss the policies needed to put them in place.


Chair/moderator: Dolf Gielen, Director, the Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA


Introductory Remarks

Dolf Gielen, Director, the Innovation and Technology Center, IRENA


Presentation from panelists

  • Selecting sustainable aviation fuel
    • Darrin Morgan, Head of Growth and Investment, SkyNRG
  • BIO4A project: Advanced sustainable biofuels for aviation
    • David Chiaramonti, RE-CORD
  • flexJET project: sustainable aviation fuel from waste biomass
    • Miloud Ouadi, University of Birmingham
  • Sustainable jet fuel from forest wood residues
    • Kjell Andersson, Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio)
  • Industry Experience (tbc)
    • tbc
  • Drop-in biofuels: the key role of co-processing
    • Jim Spaeth, IEA Bioenergy
  • Barriers of biojet deployment
    • Sakari Oksanen, Korkia


Panel discussion and Q&A

Tuesday 28 May

16:00 – 18:30 | Room: 3B

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Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.