The US government is taking action to increase the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Ethanol Producer magazine wrote on 9 September.

US President Joe Biden said the aim was to increase SAF production to at least 11.4bn litres/year and reduce aviation emission by 20% by 2030, according to the report, with a goal of producing enough SAF to meet 100% of aviation demand by 2050.

As part of that effort, the US Department of Energy had awarded US$64.7M in funding to 22 projects focused on the production of cost-effective, low carbon biofuels for heavy duty forms of transportation, such as aviation and shipping, the report said.

Information released by the White House indicated that the new actions built upon the SAF tax credit proposed as part of the administration’s Build Back Better Agenda, according to the report.

The SAF tax credit would require at least a 50% reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and would offer increased incentives for greater reductions, Ethanol Producer wrote.

Other key measures included US$4.3bn in new and ongoing funding opportunities to support SAF projects and fuel producers, Ethanol Producer wrote, along with increased research and development activities to demonstrate new technologies that could achieve at a 30% improvement in aircraft fuel efficiency.

The Biden administration also planned to release an aviation climate action plan that would set out a comprehensive plan for aviation, according to the report.

Following the announcement, a number of airlines had announced SAF commitments, including United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and JetBlue, according to the report, with some cargo airlines, such as FedEx, also making commitments.