Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are poised to take off in a big way on the wings of carrier commitments and changes to biofuel policy, according to a new report from Rabobank.
“The Future for Sustainable Aviation Fuels” forecasts SAF production capacity could potentially increase from 25 million gallons now to nearly 2.2 billion gallons by 2026. Beyond that, it could grow to as much as 34 billion gallons by 2050 in the U.S. alone.
Most of that will come from corn and soybeans, but other feedstocks will be needed to reach that full capacity according to Owen Wagner, Rabobank Senior Analyst for Grains & Oilseeds, who was at the recent Farm Progress Show. “We’re seeing more and more winter canola grown,” said Wagner. “Camelia was the oilseed of choice when the Air Force began its SAF program in 2011.”
Learn more in this interview.
2023 Farm Progress Show interview with Owen Wagner, Rabobank 8:25