Environmental News from the US:
The government of Panama and energy companies, including SGP BioEnergy, plan to develop a major, advanced biorefinery to increase the supply of lower-carbon aviation fuel, the companies said Wednesday.
The move comes as the airline industry seeks to achieve a goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and as governments worldwide are pressing companies to increase clean energy investment.
The biorefinery in Panama will produce 180,000 barrels per day (2.6 billion gallons per year) of biofuels, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable marine diesel, when it is complete at the end of 2026.
The project joins a flurry of other announcements from companies that have pledged in the last few years to produce SAF. The airline industry is considered harder to decarbonize than other types of transportation, so a massive ramp-up in SAF output will be needed for aviation to reach net zero.
Production will have to rise from an estimated 8 billion liters (211 million U.S. gallons) in 2025 to nearly 450 billion liters (119 billion U.S. gallons) in 2050, according to an analysis from the International Air Transport Association.
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