The sustainable aviation fuel that we will produce is a very special fuel. The ultra-low carbon intensity that our fuel will achieve makes it uniquely capable of fully decarbonizing otherwise very difficult-to-decarbonize applications, such as flying.
Achieving zero climate impact in commercial aviation is a particularly large challenge, as current regulations governing sustainable aviation fuels mandate at least a 50:50 blend of conventional jet fuel. This means that even lifecycle carbon neutral SAF can only achieve a 50% reduction in overall climate impact.
But our fuel will have a deeply negative carbon footprint! Negative enough in fact that using a gallon of our fuel is similar to un-burning an additional gallon of fuel from a lifecycle climate impact perspective.
The ICF project will also have a particularly large production capacity compared to most current SAF projects. Sufficient to supply all but the largest airports with enough fuel to achieve a zero impact target.
We believe that the best way to really demonstrate what advanced sustainable aviation fuel production is truly capable of is to create a real-world demonstration of something that many have thought is impossible: We would like to help create the world’s first zero climate impact major international airport!
No offsets. No short-term one-off events. We are talking full decarbonization of all flying out of a major city.
To that end, we have started an initiative to assemble a coalition of key stakeholders, including ports, regulators, cities, fuel distributors, and most importantly airlines, to attempt to make this concept a reality. The strong likelihood is that market forces will dictate that this demonstration occur in a Low Carbon Fuel Standard obligated market.
Executing on this concept will require a collaborative effort by multiple parties. If you are a major airport stakeholder and would like to take a look at the white paper we have assembled on this concept, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At present, global demand for competitively priced Sustainable Aviation Fuels radically outpaces available supply. It is possible that we may ultimately end up distributing our fuels to a broader base depending on a variety of commercial factors. But we think this a goal worth striving for.