Plans are under way to develop Australia’s first ethanol biofuel refinery to produce sustainable aviation fuel under a new partnership between Qantas, Airbus and the Queensland government.
Bio energy company Jet Zero Australia and sustainable aviation fuel technology group LanzaJet will develop the facility, which will convert agricultural by-products including alcohol into sustainable aviation fuel. Construction of the site is expected to start in 2024, the companies announced on Thursday morning.
Made from crops, household waste, animal fat and other biomass, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produces about one-fifth of the emissions of conventional jet fuel. Qantas says it wants SAF to account for 10 per cent of its fuel use by 2030 and 60 per cent by 2050, but there’s a global supply issue.