Exploring Biofuel Opportunities In The Pulp & Paper Industry

This content is being republished with the consent of Fisher International and ResourceWise. Read more about Biofuel Opportunities for P&P industry at ResourceWise. May 21’23

In the fast-paced world of sustainable energy, it’s crucial to keep up with the latest trends and developments. At Coniferous, we  take pride in being at  the forefront of  the low carbon transition, and we’re here to share some of the most intriguing stories making waves in the industry. Brace yourself for some valuable insights!

Here are some Latest Trends and Updates in Low Carbon Fuels and Feedstocks:

JetBlue and Shell Aviation Take Flight with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

JetBlue and Shell Aviation join forces to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to LAX. JetBlue commits to 10 million gallons of SAF over two years, with an option for 5  million more. SAF momentum grows as United Airlines also embraces it. Airlines are racing to be part of the low carbon revolution, with promising industry-wide impacts ahead.

Europe’s Response to Russia’s Energy Crisis: Accelerating the Deployment of Renewables

Europe’s energy crisis from Russia’s export severance becomes an opportunity for low carbon fuels and renewables. The European Scientific Advisory Board urges energy-saving measures and rapid renewable deployment to combat rising prices, sparking global carbon reduction investments.

ExxonMobil and Honeywell’s Carbon Capture Collaboration: A Glimpse into the Future

ExxonMobil and Honeywell collaborate to integrate carbon capture tech in low-carbon hydrogen facility. Honeywell’s system to  capture 7 million tons of CO2 per year. Major fossil fuel companies embrace low carbon future, highlighting the global transition. Businesses urged to develop carbon reduction strategies.

Is the Rise of Sustainable Aviation Fuels a Game Changer for the Pulp and Paper Industry?

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is emerging as a key player in the realm of low-carbon fuels, with the potential to revolutionize the aviation industry. SAF shares similar properties and chemistry with conventional jet fuel but is produced from sustainable sources such as biomass or waste materials. By leveraging suitable feedstocks and advanced technologies, SAF has the potential to reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional jet fuel.

The significance of SAF lies in  its ability to  address the pressing issue of aviation-related GHG emissions. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the aviation sector accounted for over 2% of global CO2 emissions in 2021. With air travel expected to double by 2050, jet fuel consumption could contribute to 8-12% of transportation emissions.

As the demand for SAF is projected to surge, producers must secure an adequate and affordable supply of feedstock. Diversification of feedstock sources is deemed crucial among industry experts. While current technologies primarily focus on organic waste, vegetable oil, and innovative crops, there is a growing interest in exploring woody biomass, forestry residues, and other potential feedstocks to  scale up production.

The increasing capacity of SAF, alongside other biofuels, may have significant implications for the availability and pricing of biomass utilized by the pulp and paper (P&P) industry. However,  this situation also presents an exciting opportunity for P&P facilities to consider transitioning into biorefineries. By embracing this transformation, these facilities can expand their operations to not only manufacture traditional pulp and paper products but also produce biofuels and other bioproducts.

The integration of SAF into the aviation sector has the potential to reshape the dynamics of the P&P industry. While challenges regarding feedstock availability and pricing may arise, forward- thinking P&P facilities can seize the opportunity to adapt and diversify their offerings. Embracing the transition to biorefineries allows them to stay relevant in the evolving low-carbon landscape and contribute to the broader goal of reducing carbon emissions in the transportation sector.

Embrace the Future: Stay Informed, Stay Ahead

The low carbon transition is no longer a distant concept; it’s becoming a tangible reality. At Coniferous, we understand the importance of being well-informed and equipped to navigate this changing landscape.

In conclusion, the low carbon transition presents immense opportunities for the pulp and paper industry. By embracing sustainable practices and investing in renewable energy sources, companies can position themselves as leaders in this evolving market. Let’s seize these opportunities together and make a positive impact on our planet’s future.

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