The government of Colombia has formed a strategic alliance with process technology and project development company Alder Fuels, the company announced on 9 November.

Announced during COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, the partnership would involve Colombia incentivising local farmers to supply biomass feedstock for conversion into sustainable low-carbon crude, Alder Fuels said.

The US-headquartered firm said forestry and crop residue, as well as regenerative agricultural crops that rejuvenate soil, would be converted at its refineries to be used in the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

“Aviation poses one of the greatest technology challenges for addressing climate change and SAF has demonstrated the greatest potential. However, there is insufficient raw material to meet demand,” Alder Fuels president and CEO Bryan Sherbacow said.

“The Alder-Colombia partnership is a model for advancing agricultural practices and scaling technology that will one day decarbonise aviation.”