December 3, 2015
Renewable Energy from Waste
Seattle-based Boeing, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and SkyNRG, based in Amsterdam, along with support from Canada’s aviation industry and other stakeholders, are collaborating to turn leftover branches, sawdust and other forest-industry waste into sustainable aviation biofuel, the organizations report.
Canada, which has extensive sustainably certified forests, has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets that are used to generate electricity. A consortium that includes Boeing, Air Canada, WestJet, Bombardier, research institutions and industry partners will assess whether forest waste could also be harnessed to produce sustainable aviation biofuel using thermochemical processing.
“Sustainable aviation biofuel will play a critical role in reducing aviation’s carbon emissions over the long term,” says Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Canada is in a terrific position to leverage its sustainable forests to make environmental progress for its aviation industry and other transport sectors.”