Growing mandate, growing demand
Biofuels are currently mandated in 62 countries around the world, and demand for renewable diesel and jet fuels is the most rapidly growing segment of the renewable fuels industry. Diesel and jet fuel made from Carinata offer the best GHG savings in the industry and a path to carbon neutral fuel.
The biojet market has up to 30 billion gallons of demand that has yet to be met. The aviation industry is actively reducing its carbon footprint and biojet fuels are the cornerstone of that movement. Biojet fuels produced from carinata oil have already been used successfully in both commercial and engineering flights, and carinata oil powered the world’s first 100% biojet fueled flight. Today many flights are powered by biojet fuels. For a real-time live feed of commercial flights powered by biojet, visit: https://planefinder.net/custom/icao-fuel.php
Agriculture is the major supplier of feedstock for the biofuel industry and, to date, the majority of biofuels have been made from crops like corn, soybean and canola. The growing demand for renewable fuels has raised concerns about food crops being used for fuel.
Carinata is different. Carinata is a non-food crop that offers a sustainable solution without disruption to food production.
All crop-based feedstocks are renewable by their very nature – they’re plants after all. But renewable doesn’t necessarily mean sustainable. Diverting crops that could be used for food, like corn, soybean, wheat and canola, into fuel production is not considered sustainable. Or, when farmers clear new land, or use prime food-producing land to grow biofuel feedstock crops, that too is not sustainable in the long run.
The bottom line is that fuel security and food security go hand-in-hand. One can’t come at the expense of the other, or we’re no further ahead.
When renewable is also sustainable
The best feedstock crops are those not intended for food and which will grow in tough conditions where food crops typically don’t do well. This why global biofuel mandates now include requirements to protect food production capacity and make better use of marginal land.
Beyond that, biofuel feedstock crops should be easy to produce – that is, they must offer farmers good rotational options, fit easily into existing crop production practice, and feed into existing grain handling systems.
Resonance carinata is a perfect feedstock
Resonance brand carinata, from Agrisoma, ticks all the boxes.
- Not a food crop
- Seamless fit into existing agriculture – farmers don’t have to change a thing to grow it
- A feedstock optimized for fuel production
- High quality protein byproduct
- Uses existing processing infrastructure