MONTREAL, 20 September 2023 – The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) is pleased to announce that Gevo, a leading sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer and technology company, has joined ATAG as a Strategic Associate. ATAG is a global association representing commercial aviation’s commitment to working towards the sector-wide commitment to net-zero carbon by 2050.
ATAG is working to raise awareness about sustainable aviation practices and foster collaboration amongst its members, including airlines, airports, airframe and engine manufacturers, and air navigation service providers, as well as sustainable energy providers, to advance sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) deployment at a global scale. As an ATAG member, Gevo will actively engage in collaborative initiatives and participate in knowledge-sharing activities aimed at promoting aviation decarbonisation and scale up of SAF to power the world’s aircraft.
Haldane Dodd, Executive Director of ATAG, said that the challenge to transition air transport away from fossil fuels and towards new forms of energy is one that will require significant collaboration between governments, the aviation industry, finance and the energy supply system.
“In line with customer demand and smart business practices, many companies in the aviation sector see great opportunity in the energy transition. As the legacy energy providers have failed to see the importance or opportunity of the fuel transition, the aviation sector has had to step in, working with new energy companies to kick-start the decarbonisation process. We are proud to be able to unite the aviation industry behind a strategy which will drive towards net-zero carbon by 2050 and bringing in innovative companies like Gevo provides a further boost to that process.”
“Our Waypoint 2050 analysis outlines the potential pathways to net-zero carbon for aviation; all rely heavily on a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and towards SAF. This transition is a challenge, but also an opportunity and we will need all sustainable fuel pathways to be explored. By joining ATAG, Gevo is also signalling the importance of this collective approach.”
“A core part of Gevo’s mission is to be a partner in helping to achieve aviation’s commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions, and that is exactly what our SAF is designed to do,” said Gevo Chief Executive Officer, Pat Gruber. “No one can take on this critical challenge alone. While we have long collaborated with airlines and across the aviation sector, joining ATAG greatly strengthens that collaboration, so we can move farther, faster, together.”
Gevo’s SAF production process uses the carbohydrate portion of sustainably grown industrial corn kernels to produce low-carbon-intensity ethanol and convert that into SAF and other products, with the protein and fibre from the corn made into corn oil and animal feed. While the alcohol-to-jet process is the heart of Gevo’s technology, Gevo employs a full systems approach to achieve very low carbon intensity SAF on a lifecycle basis, with the potential to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Having powered multiple commercial flights with Gevo SAF to date, Gevo is working toward continuous full-scale production at its Net-Zero 1 facility now under construction.
Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, and renewable chemicals. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials, and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels and chemicals with substantially reduced carbon intensity relative to standard petroleum fossil-based products, with the potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions on a lifecycle basis. Further information is available at www.gevo.com.
About the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG)
ATAG is a global association that brings together airlines, airports, aircraft and engine manufacturers, new energy companies and other industry stakeholders to promote sustainable aviation practices and drive aviation’s transition to a low-carbon future. By fostering collaboration, raising awareness and advocating for sustainable aviation solutions on a global scale, ATAG provides its members with a unique platform to share expertise and develop joint approaches, enabling governments, industry and civil society to work together to progress air transport’s sustainable development. For more information, please visit www.atag.org.