Airbus partners with DG Fuels to foster SAF production in the USA
From cellulosic waste and residues
Airbus has become a strategic partner with DG Fuels, LLC (“DGF”), an emerging reference in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
DGF’s fuel production system is based entirely on cellulosic waste products, such as wood waste from the logging industry, and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power.
DGF’s plant aims to have an initial production capacity of 120 million US gallons (454 million litres) of SAF per year on average, which could save approximately 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually from 2026.
The partnership with Airbus supports DG Fuels’ goal of launching the equity process and reaching a final investment decision (FID) on building DG Fuels’ first SAF plant in the United States. The decision would be expected by early 2024. In this context, both have agreed for a portion of the production of the first plant to benefit Airbus’ customers.
This project is in line with the US government-sponsored SAF Grand Challenge, which aims to reduce costs, improve sustainability and expand domestic SAF production. This national programme aims to produce 3 billion US gallons (11.3 billion litres) of domestic sustainable aviation fuel per year, achieving at least a 50% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional fuel by 2030 and 100% of projected aviation fuel consumption –or 35 billion US gallons of annual production- by 2050.
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