USDA Part of Advisory Board for Aviation Biofuels Initiative
Aviation industry leaders and Midwest stakeholders have signed an agreement to develop and commercialize sustainable biofuels. USDA will act as an advisor to the effort. USDA says the agreement - signed by United Air Lines Inc., the Boeing Co., Honeywell UOP, the City of Chicago's Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust - calls for the parties to hold workshops with stakeholders to identify appropriate feedstocks, supply chain logistics and a set of sustainability principles. One of the principal tasks for this Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative is to identify the challenges of creating viable markets in the Midwest for aviation biofuels. It will look at the transportation and infrastructure needs to deliver biofuels, the growth potential for commercial aviation biofuels, the best fuel source and the policies needed to stimulate private-market development of biofuels.
According to USDA - the parties are to hold four to six workshops by next April. The workshops will include feedstock growers, processors, fuel users, financiers, policy makers and non-government organizations. At the conclusion of these workshops - the group will produce a report.
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