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Forest residues to biojet fuels: Challenges and opportunities

If the aviation sector was a country, it would be the 8th largest emitter of human-induced greenhouse gases in the world. Many airlines, aircraft manufacturers and industry associations have committed to voluntary targets, including reaching carbon neutrality by 2020 and achieving a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050. 

The Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy Group at University of British Columbia (UBC) published a major report on the conversion technologies and challenges involved in making hydrocarbons biofuels from biomass, including fuel for the aviation sector.

There are key barriers and challenges that influence biojet fuel production and use. These include the maturity of the technology, the cost of biojet fuel production, low oil prices, lack of supply and demand, administrative hurdles in achieving certification and the fact that biojet fuel is still mostly delivered in small batches by truck to aircraft. The biggest challenge, however is the lack of the types of policies that were instrumental in the development and commercialisation of bioethanol/biodiesel.

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Posted Date: August 31, 2016

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