Global Bioenergies’ process becomes one of the very few Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technologies in the world certified by ASTM International. Global Bioenergies’ fuel can now be blended up to 50% with fossil kerosene in existing airplanes. 

As a reminder, the airline industry requires the fuel used in airplanes to be ASTM certified. SAF are certified worldwide through the ASTM D7566 standard, which describes the fuel specification requirements and the maximum blending percentage with conventional fuels. This standard allows them to be considered as ‘drop-in’ fuels, which means they can be used safely in existing airplanes and infrastructures worldwide. The inclusion of new SAF production processes in the ASTM standard requires an in-depth assessment of the fuel’s performance, after which a voting procedure is launched. 

 “This positive vote is a tremendous recognition for Global Bioenergies,” commented Marc Delcourt, Co-founder and CEO of Global Bioenergies. “Europe has just adopted the RefuelEU plan, which aims at gradually increasing the production and incorporation of SAF, from 2% in 2025 to 6% in 2030 and up to 70% by 2050. To date, SAF represent only 0.1% of aviation fuels. This ambition is based on the construction of a very large number of plants. The target of 2% by 2025 will be reached thanks to emerging technologies based on waste oil. Subsequent targets will have to be based on the commercial success of innovative technologies like ours.” 

To reach net zero emissions, the industry now needs solid partnerships to realize the increase in production capacity. These include partners who commit to meaningful SAF offtakes, investors that recognize the importance of SAF in their portfolio and are willing to fund projects, and visionary leaders and governments who recognize and can address the investment hurdles that remain,” added Maarten van Dijk, Co-founder and Chief Development Officer at SkyNRG