Alternative Aviation Fuels

As the aviation industry searches for alternatives to petroleum fuels, substantial greenhouse gas emission reductions can come from advanced biofuels, which is produced from feedstocks such as ligno-cellulosic biomass, algae, and waste oils. Biofuels and bioenergy continue to expand as governments encourage their production to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum prices remain volatile.   Meeting sustainability criteria are key to the success of biofuels, because a major driver for development of the biofuels industry is the claim that biofuels represent a qualitative improvement relative to continued depletion of fossil fuels. However, this claim can only be sustained if certain criteria are not only met, but also documented. Moreover, the greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits cannot come at the expense of other environmental, social, and economic impacts. Futurepast has the subject matter expertise in sustainability and aviation important to this emerging industry.

Volpe National Transportation Systems Center & Federal Aviation Administration Office of Environment and Energy

Futurepast was engaged by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, to conduct research on sustainability rating systems for alternative aviation fuels. Futurepast worked with staff researchers at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to develop tools for assessing environmental sustainability along the biofuel production supply chain. Supply chain elements included feedstock producers and processors, biofuel producers, biofuel blenders and distributors, and biofuel end users. To access the reports prepared by Futurepast, please follow these links:

Report Evaluating Existing Sustainability Evaluation Programs, and
Alternative Aviation Jet Fuel Sustainability Evaluation Report

Airports Cooperative Research Program

Futurepast is currently working as part of a team of expert researchers on tracking alternative jet fuel in an airport setting for a project of the Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP). The objective of ACRP project 02-65 is to develop guidance to help airports identify the potential needs for, the types of, and most convenient mechanisms for consistent tracking of alternative jet fuel into the airport. This guidance will reflect the full range of fuel supply approaches currently used while recognizing the diversity of airports. The guidance and final report are expected to be completed and published in mid 2016.

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

Futurepast’s president John Shideler is certified to perform audits of alternative aviation fuel and other bio-products to the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) standard. Dr. Shideler has verified clients to the RSB standard since 2012. The RSB is an independent and global multistakeholder coalition which works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials. RSB certification is based on sustainability standards encompassing environmental, social and economic principles and criteria. Dr. Shideler also serves as ISO TC 207 liaison to ISO Project Committee 248 which has written an International Standard (ISO 13065) titled Sustainability criteria for bioenergy.

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

Futurepast personnel in the environmental committee and the research & development committees of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI).  Since 2006 CAAFI has sought to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability for aviation by exploring the use of alternative jet fuels. CAAFI is a coalition of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers, researchers, international participants and U.S. government agencies. Together these stakeholders are leading the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels for commercial aviation. As part of CAAFI, Futurepast helped develop the Environmental Sustainability Overview and the Environmental Progression. environmental impact matrix for use in evaluation of alternative fuels for aviation.

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