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Boeing and Wagner Forge Partnership to Propel Australia’s Sustainable Aviation

Boeing has teamed up with Wagner Sustainable Fuels to significantly expand the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) sector in Australia, aiming to cater to the country’s soaring jet fuel demands. This collaboration focuses on pioneering efforts to meet an anticipated 75% increase in Australia’s airline fuel requirements over the next quarter-century.

Boeing and Wagner’s initiative aligns with a broader commitment to environmental sustainability, underscored by efforts to decarbonize aviation and enhance energy security. “Aligning Wagner’s goals with Boeing’s sustainability strategies enables us to leverage renewable energies, including SAF, alongside advanced technologies and improved operational efficiencies,” remarked Kim Camrass, sustainability lead for Boeing in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

The partnership is poised to act on the findings of the 2023 Boeing/CSIRO SAF Roadmap, which highlights Australia as an ideal locale for cultivating a robust domestic SAF industry. This initiative aims to expand SAF production and reduce associated costs through heightened research and development in emerging technologies.

Challenges such as securing adequate feedstock, navigating supply chain limitations, and adhering to international norms are being tackled in concert with the Australian Government’s Jet Zero Council. “Our collaboration seeks to resolve these hurdles to establish a thriving SAF market,” added Camrass.

In a pioneering move, Wagner Sustainable Fuels has begun constructing what will become Australia’s first consistent SAF supply at the Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba, Queensland. This facility is designed to blend SAF according to global aviation standards. “Together with Boeing, we aim to showcase SAF’s role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, influence policy, and usher in a new era for this potentially multi-billion-dollar industry,” stated Matt Doyle, CEO of Wagner Sustainable Fuels.

Doyle expressed optimism about the project’s future, predicting that by the end of 2024, the facility will begin regular SAF supply, marking a significant milestone in Australia’s journey towards self-reliant SAF production.

Unlike traditional jet fuel derived from finite resources, SAF comes from renewable sources such as agricultural residue, animal fats, and used oils, offering a substantial reduction in carbon emissions throughout its lifecycle. This initiative not only represents a step forward in green aviation but also sets a precedent for future sustainable fuel projects in Australia and beyond.

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