Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel and Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer will work together to promote and accelerate the commercialization of renewable aviation fuel. The companies will work toward American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) fuel standard approval allowing the commercial use of high freezing point renewable aviation fuel by airlines. The goal is also to gain widespread market acceptance for renewable aviation fuels, and to progress sustainability accreditation efforts.
Neste anticipates that its high-quality renewable aviation fuel could help the aviation industry to achieve its greenhouse gas saving targets: carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and a net reduction in carbon emissions of 50% by 2050 compared to 2005.
“Boeing is proud to collaborate with Neste, a global leader in renewable fuel production, to meet our shared goals of expanding the supply and reducing the cost of sustainable aviation biofuel,” says Julie Felgar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Managing Director of Environmental Strategy & Integration. “The aviation industry is committed to making air travel more sustainable.”
In 2014, Boeing successfully tested Neste’s renewable aviation fuel in a 15% blend with petroleum jet fuel in the Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787, a test airplane that assesses technologies that can reduce aviation’s environmental footprint. The 787 made an initial flight with this biofuel blend in one engine, followed by several flights with the biofuel blend in both engines. Based on its test flights, Boeing reported that “the airplane performed as designed with the renewable jet blend, just as it does with conventional jet fuel”.
Produced entirely from renewable and sustainable raw materials, Neste’s renewable aviation fuel will provide significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%; in addition, the fuel is free of aromatics and sulfur, which should result in cleaner turbine exhaust emissions. Neste’s renewable aviation fuel is energy dense and has good thermal stability properties making it an excellent blending component.
Neste is a forerunner in oil refining and renewable solutions. It offers customers cleaner traffic solutions and industrial products based on cutting-edge research. It is the leading producer of renewable diesel in the world, with an annual production volume of more than 2 million tons. It is also the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues.