Thursday, April 18, 2024

Queensland green jet fuel dream ready for take off

The Queensland Government today joined forces with Qantas to progress plans for the State to become an Asia-Pacific green jet fuel hub.

Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, the Queensland Government and Qantas will work together to further grow a local sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry.

This will include exploring how to fully leverage sugarcane and agricultural by-products for biofuels production and the potential for developing new feedstock sources and processes.

More broadly, the parties will focus on developing a Queensland-based SAF supply chain.

“This is another step towards Queensland’s take-off as a clean energy superpower,” said Deputy Premier, Steven Miles.

“Growing our SAF industry is one of those opportunities that will fuel Queensland’s economic future and contribute to decarbonisation targets.

“With our rich supply of feedstock and skilled workforce, Qantas, and the world, has recognised Queensland as an ideal location to establish an Australasian SAF supply chain.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to sustainability has given Qantas the confidence to trust us a sustainable aviation fuel hub, because we have set the state up for success, with the Queensland Energy and Jobs plan.”

SAF is yet to be produced in Australia at commercial scale.

Qantas currently uses green aviation fuel sourced overseas and is targeting 10% SAF in its fuel mix by 2030, and about 60% by 2050.

“Sustainable fuels are the most significant tool airlines currently have to reduce their emissions, particularly given they can be used in today’s engines and fuel delivery infrastructure with no modifications,” said Qantas Group Chief Sustainability Officer, Andrew Parker.

“Qantas will be the largest single customer for Australian-made SAF, so it’s fantastic that the Queensland Government is seeking to partner with us so we can work together on establishing the industry from the ground up.

“The Queensland Government is already showing real leadership in helping accelerate the development of a local SAF industry, which is giving the State a head start over other parts of the country.”

Today’s announcement, during Australian Renewable Fuels Week, is the latest in a series of SAF wins for Queensland.

In March, the State Government, Qantas and Airbus announced support for Jet Zero Australia to commence a feasibility study for a new biorefinery in Queensland, which could produce up to 100 million litres of SAF a year.

The Government has also partnered with Ampol and ENEOS, which will assess the feasibility of delivering an advanced biofuels manufacturing plant at Ampol’s Lytton site.

Oceania Biofuels also plans to build a commercial aviation fuel biorefinery in Gladstone, which could generate up to 350 million litres of SAF and renewable diesel each year.

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