Delta to purchase SAF from Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
Delta announced last week that it has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels (NWABF), should the renewable energy development company’s plans to produce SAF come to fruition.
The announcement represents the development of Delta’s $2 million investment into an ongoing feasibility study, announced in October 2019, to determine the viability of a Washington state production facility to supply SAF for Delta’s West Coast operations. The study is slated to conclude by the end of the year, and the NWABF offtake agreement anticipates fuel production by the end of 2024.
The NWABF, the Delaware-based subsidiary of U.S. Advanced Bio-Fuels Inc., produces biofuel through the gasification of wood residue deposits and wood slash from forest floors.
This is the latest step toward Delta’s stated commitment to carbon-neutral growth and a 50% reduction of its 2005 emissions by 2050. Last year, the airline signed a long-term offtake agreement with the Colorado-based biofuel company, Gevo, to purchase 10 million gallons per year of its advanced renewable biofuels. Those SAF deliveries are expected to begin between 2022 and 2023, after the completion of an expansion to Gevo’s existing advanced biofuel production facility in Luverne, Minn.
Delta estimates that its investments in sustainability since 2005 have so far resulted in a 9% decrease in emissions.
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