Carinata joins the ranks of renewable fuel feedstocks suitable for sustainable aviation fuel production. The crop, recently approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization, has a similar greenhouse gas footprint as waste and residuals, such as used cooking oil, for the same fuel type.

The agency has added carinata to its Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation Default Life Cycle Emissions for Eligible Fuels. Hydroprocessed ester and fatty acids-based sustainable aviation Carinata joins the ranks of renewable fuel feedstocks suitable for sustainable aviation fuel production. Source: NuseedCarinata joins the ranks of renewable fuel feedstocks suitable for sustainable aviation fuel production. Source: Nuseedfuel produced using carinata grown as a secondary crop carries a lifecycle emissions factor of 14.0 g of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e)/MJ in Brazil and 13.0 g CO2e/MJ in the U.S.

Grown as a cover crop between food crop rotations, carinata sequesters carbon, reduces soil erosion and increases soil organic matter. A co-product of crushing carinata to extract the non-food oil is a high protein meal for animal feed.

Qantas, United Airlines and other international airlines have already realized the benefits of using carinata oil as a feedstock for renewable fuel to reduce greenhouse gases.

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