Biden jet fuel plan adds pressure on EPA to maximize biofuel feedstocks

Source: By Inside EPA • Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Biden administration’s “roadmap” for massively boosting low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production, just released by multiple federal agencies, underscores the urgent need for EPA to approve production from as many biofuel feedstocks as possible, including use of food crops that environmentalists oppose as unsustainable.

The SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap unveiled Sept. 26 is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation, outlining measures the federal government can take to realize the goal of net-zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050. SAF must achieve at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based jet fuel. So far, volumes of the fuel are very small, requiring a dramatic ramp-up in production that the roadmap makes clear can only come from use of all available feedstocks.