Just as the U.S. Navy has conducted biofuel testing in military ships and aircraft off the coast of Hawaii, the Federal Aviation Administration published a Policy Statement on Environmental and Energy Policy for U.S. civil aviation. Yesterday’s policy statement lays out guiding principles which include the importance of advancing sustainable alternative energy aviation fuels. It also sets a goal of developing and deploying alternative jet fuels for commercial aviation.
As the policy statement says, achieving goals like development and deployment of “drop in” alternative aviation fuel can only happen through partnerships. ABO has worked with the FAA and commercial airline representatives in Washington to support their drop in alternative fuel goals, and we will continue to do so. The algae industry is poised to support these goals since algae-based fuel is has a chemical composition which is almost identical to fossil fuel.
You can read the entire FAA Policy Statement here.